The Importance of Fitness As We Age

Physical fitness is a valuable element of life for people of all ages. As we age, it becomes more crucial to include exercise in our daily routine. Conditions that typically develop with aging can be delayed by staying active. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that physical activity can even extend life expectancy. Be sure to consult with primary care physician before beginning any exercise program. Be sure to consult your primary care physician before beginning any exercise program.

As we grow older, our bones can become brittle and muscles shorten, sometimes causing balance and coordination to be a bit off. Stretching exercises help lengthen muscle tissue and help prevent wasting and shortening. Exercise can also help reduce incidents of arthritis and osteoporosis by increasing bone density and joint range of motion. Nothing can be more devastating than a serious injury, such as breaking a hip or arm. Here are 4 different types of exercises that are needed as we age.

  1. Strength training
  2. Endurance exercises
  3. Flexibility exercises
  4. Balance

Whether you are fit and work out regularly, or have never worked out before, be sure to get approval from your doctor to begin or continue any regular work out regimen. Wellness centers have staffers that are willing and able to help you learn and properly use all equipment as well as show you the correct way to do exercises that fit into the perfect work out for you.

The WELLness Center at Wesley Glen Retirement Community offers memberships available to the community. The WELLness Center also offers a 3-day pass and is open 7 days a week. For more information, please contact us at (614) 396-4944

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