Today we want to share an informative Guest Post by Jane Byrne. Please use the information personally, or share her helpful advice on the benefits of staying active as we age, with your family and friends. Please see Jane’s Bio below.
Exercise to Lower the Risk of Age-Related Diseases
Elderly people spend millions on healthcare because they experience a plethora of diseases as their bodies weaken. These age-related diseases include cancer, dementia, diabetes, and heart disease, among others. Some of them are preventable through healthy lifestyle choices. Others are not. For example, avoiding tobacco, excessive consumption of alcohol, and unhealthy foods would reduce your risk of developing heart disease.
Lowering our chances of developing diabetes is also possible if you avoid a high-calorie diet. Another lifestyle change that could reduce your risk of having particular age-related diseases is exercise. Many people frown when they hear about it, but taking it seriously might save your life in the future. Here are exercises to lower the risk of age-related diseases.
Jane Byrne from FirstCare knows a little about age related diseases such as dementia. She says that ”if you notice someone, particularly if they are over the age of 65, forgetting things, or finding it easier to remember things that have long since passed, then it is perhaps time to go to the doctor. If dementia is caught earlier, then you have many more options for treatment”.
Another name for aerobic exercises is cardiovascular exercises. They work on your cardiovascular system making it strong and resistant to diseases. These exercises include running, jogging, and cycling. Others are swimming and walking. The idea behind aerobic exercises is to open your respiratory and circulatory system. Doing so facilitates the smooth movement of oxygen within your body. Your lungs will operate efficiently and blood cholesterol levels in your arteries will drop significantly. Therefore, you will have a strong heart when you are old reducing your chances of suffering from heart-related diseases. Remember, the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases is at about 70% in people aged 60 to 79 years. Be part of the 30% of the people who do not have it. Start aerobic exercises today to be part of this 30%.
Resistance training refers to exercises that force your muscles to contract against an external force. The result of this kind of training is an increase in muscular strength. The tone and mass of your muscles will increase as well. Moreover, your level of physical endurance will increase significantly. Resistance training is possible at home or at the gym. What you need is resistance bands, weight machines, and free weights. You can also use the weight of your body to train for these kinds of exercises. Remember, overdoing might lead to tears in your muscles so exercise moderately. Resistance training prevents many age-related conditions including sarcopenia. Sarcopenia refers to the loss of skeletal muscle at the rate of 0.5 to 1% annually. In most cases, this loss starts occurring at the age of 50. Resistance training delays the onset of this condition.
You have reduced your risk of developing heart disease while delaying the onset of sarcopenia. However, what will you do when it comes to your musculoskeletal health? For example, how will you keep your joint muscles healthy? Remember, only 7.1% of the people aged eighteen years to forty-four years have had doctor-diagnosed arthritis. In contrast, 49.6% of the individuals aged sixty-five years and above have had this disease. That means it mostly affects old people. Preventing it is possible if you exercise your body regularly. You can do that through flexibility training. Doing so will strengthen your joints and the intricate musculoskeletal system that holds them together. Start exercising today so that you can prevent these age-related diseases!
About the Author
Jane Byrne works in the care industry with over five years of experience as a project coordinator. She regularly blogs about both the personal and practical challenges of caring and is always actively working on producing informative content.
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