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Exercise in the third age improves balance and preserves muscle mass

Exercise in the third age improves balance and preserves muscle mass

We live in a society that places great value on the practice of regular physical exercise, healthy eating, quality of life, autonomy and independence of the elderly. But do we really know what these concepts mean?

Clinic's day-to-day and scientific studies indicate that the practice of physical exercise brings numerous benefits to the elderly population even when started after age 60.

Until recently, the elderly population really wanted to - after retirement - rest from their many tasks, enjoy the family and live the time they had left. However, in a short time the medicine advanced abruptly, the geriatrics gained prominence and began to research carefully this population. With this, the whole society has benefited from a longer life expectancy and with more quality. The "old" has become "old" and has had his rights regulated by his status.

Thus, "living the time remaining" is no longer an attractive option these days. A range of possibilities has arisen for those who grow old without losing the joy, dreams and grace of life. But what everyone recognizes to be important at this stage is to preserve the intellectual condition and physical condition of the elderly individual.

We can not deny the physiological changes that occur with age, such as muscle loss, bone loss, increased instabilities posturais, wear and tear of the joints and the reduction of auditory and visual acuity.

But we also know that regular medical follow-up, the practice of physical activity monitored by those who understand the subject, good nutrition and the preservation of their intellect are attitudes positive people who find great results in old age.

Can we benefit from these attitudes when we start them after age 60 or only those who have always been attentive to their health can have good results? The daily routine of the clinic and the scientific studies indicate that the practice of physical exercise brings numerous benefits to the elderly population even when started after the age of 60.

Preventively or therapeutically, exercises bring maintenance, increase or improvement of postural balance, muscle and bone mass, strength, stretching and sensitivity. In addition, there is a great advantage in the process of socialization of the elderly, with emotional benefits arising from regular physical exercise. This leads to the preservation of their independence or, when initiated later, to the promotion of an improvement in their degree of dependence.

It is known that all individuals should consult their physician and physical therapist before starting physical exercises. In the case of the elderly, this becomes essential. This medical and physiotherapeutic evaluation establishes specific objectives and contraindications for each individual. Different forms of physical activity may be proposed, depending on the outcome of the evaluation, the interest of the elderly and the goals to be achieved.

Thus, resistance exercises such as bodybuilding, physical fitness exercises such as walking and cycling, lower impact exercises like water aerobics or hydrotherapy and even physiotherapy can be very well used in the elderly.

Therefore, choose the most appropriate footwear and clothes and start as soon as possible to benefit from physical activity: Move!


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