Physical Activity Maintains Mobility in the Elderly

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The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (IJBNPA) published the results of a study that was conducted in 2010, though the discovery is still news to some people. The question under scrutiny was whether or not physical activity maintains mobility in the elderly. The findings were not all that surprising to those who already understand the value of adequate physical function: as in 65 other studies that were conducted over the last few years, the researchers found favorable results for physical activity as people age.

The Relationship Between Physical Activity and Independence

Out of the 66 total studies, 34 of them showed that physical activity actually improved cognitive function, which is more than good news for folks who struggle to maintain brain capacity, memory, and overall sharpness as they get older. On top of that, the studies all illustrated how general aerobic exercises (walking, running, biking, and swimming, for example) were directly tied to increased mental and physical function, especially in the elderly. In essence, mobility in the elderly is associated with being able to take care of oneself late in life.

What Activities Are Recommended?

As an elderly person, you probably have some special physical needs. Try to get in some aerobic, cardio, and strength training if you can. Although there are lots of workout routines that are geared toward seniors, it is important for you to speak with your doctor before doing any type of exertive physical activity. Physical activity may maintain mobility in the elderly, but too much of it could do damage to an older person’s health.

How Do I Know If I Need More Physical Activity?

With age comes wisdom, and you likely know by now that it is better to be safe than sorry. Therefore, as with all health concerns, it is best to consult with your personal healthcare provider. However, you can usually tell that you need to be more physically active if you find yourself feeling stiff, lethargic, or sick. Keep an eye on your weight and digestive tract as well, as malfunctions in either may be signs of something more serious. Ultimately, you are the first person to know when something is wrong with your body.