Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Debunking Three Myths About Exercising For Seniors

Most senior citizens are wondering whether they could still pursue an exercise regimen given their ages. Lack of know-how, fear of injuries, health problems, and disabilities are just some of the setback factors. But regardless of aging, exercise remains as a prerequisite to maintaining good overall health. Below are three popular exercise myths concerning older people and the truth dispelling each:

Myth 1: Exercising is futile for it does nothing to affect the onset of aging.

Truth: Actually, regular exercise and strength training could help you feel younger and stronger. From a medical standpoint, it decreases the risk of Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, colon cancer, obesity, and hypertension.

Myth 2: Exercise is only for naturally athletic people or those who have been into it ever since.

Truth: You don't have to perform strenuous exercise routines to begin with. Simple ones like moderate walking would suffice.

Myth 3: Exercising might lead to serious physical injuries.

Truth: Since exercise builds stamina, body strength, and balance while preventing loss of bone mass, the risk of physical injuries occurring during exercise is lowered. Also, there are different exercises specifically designed to prevent falls or other possible injuries, making them suitable for seniors.

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