We all know that exercise is an integral part of overall health, but could it also help to ward off many of the detrimental effects that come along with aging? A new review published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests that it very well may.
For their review, researchers analyzed a body of research performed in recent years regarding athletes aged 65 and over. They found that many of the effects of aging that we consider to be normal, including decreased mobility, joint pain, diabetes and bone conditions, can be largely minimized through regular exercise and good nutrition.
The study’s lead author, orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Bryan G. Vopat, states, “an increasing amount of evidence demonstrates that we can modulate age-related decline in the musculoskeletal system. A lot of the deterioration we see with aging can be attributed to a more sedentary lifestyle instead of aging itself.”
In order to promote optimal health as we age, the researchers recommend a combination of resistance training, cardiovascular / endurance exercise and flexibility / balance workouts such as yoga , in amounts “safely allowable for a given person.” People with physical limitations, medical conditions, and so on must obviously be careful to start slow, and should talk to a doctor about how to exercise safely.
However, the earlier you start, the better you will likely be able to preserve your health and youthful vigor throughout your later years. The researchers recommend that whenever it is safe, people should strive to go above and beyond the minimum recommendations for exercise, to get the most benefits possible – of course, up to a certain point, so that you are not over-straining yourself.
What are you waiting for? The key to youth and good health is in your hands. It is never too early or too late – get started today!
-The Alternative Daily