The headline grabber here is true, however exercise is important at ANY age, and staying active as we get older provides benefits to our health, longevity and injury prevention. More and more older adults are engaging in a broad range of activities, from basic athletics to competitive strength based events, proving that you don’t have to be young to play hard and have fun.
“People 60 years and older who exercised more reduced their risk of cardiovascular disease by 11 percent while those who became sedentary raised their risk by 27 percent, according to new research. Even older people living with disabilities or chronic conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes benefited from exercise.” (Healthline, 2019)
“Experts say it’s a good idea to speak with your healthcare provider before beginning an exercise routine to find the best way to proceed for your age and fitness level.” (Healthline, 2019)
Before starting an exercise plan, especially if you have been sedentary for most of your life, or you have a pre-existing injury, it’s important to consult a medical professional with a knowledge of your personal medical history. Older adults are at risk for more medical conditions, such as osteoporosis and arthritis, so speaking with your medical professional is crucial.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining one of our Older Adults exercise groups (VitalMoves), please ask us for a PRE-EXERCISE AND REFERAL FORM.