Keeping Fit as You Get Older
By Sara Butler
The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic agree that exercise is essential for good health and continued wellness. Of course, they also agree that exercise isn’t a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. Patients of all ages and of all activity levels can benefit from exercise, it just needs to be the right exercise for them! Here are some tips from The Joint chiropractors to help you stay fit as you get older.
If You’ve Been Inactive
Most people don’t start a new exercise regimen simply because it’s been so long since they’ve done one! Well, don’t let that deter you. Everyone has to start from somewhere, even if you have health limitations. If you can commit to a fitness program, then you can begin to enjoy life to its fullest.
How exactly do you do that? First, you have to see your chiropractor to have them assess what activities are safe for you to do, then you have find an activity that you think you’ll enjoy performing regularly. If you can make your exercise program enjoyable, then you’ll be more inclined to do it even on days when you may not feel like it. You’ll also be more apt to stick with the program for the long haul.
You also need to ease into your exercise program. Start with just a few minutes each day and gradually increase over time. As you get more comfortable with the exercise and begin to see how it’s positively impacting your health, then you’ll find increasing over time is easy!
Realize that aches and pain are a normal part of the exercise process, especially if you’ve not exercised for a while. This will fade with time, but any prolonged or unusual pain should be brought to the attention of your chiropractor.
What About Arthritis?
Many older people suffer from arthritis, but don’t let that stop you! You can exercise safely with this condition. Being active can help to improve your range of motion and joint stiffness. Exercise has been found to help older people with arthritis improve function, mobility, and flexibility. Just make sure to discuss exercises with your chiropractor that are gentle but effective for your condition.
The best exercise program for you is one created specifically for you – and the chiropractors at The Joint can help with that! Let them help you to maintain your health and flexibility and help you to remain independent and active as you get older!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.