Fitness advice is often targeted towards young and middle-aged people, leaving the elderly to think that what they need is only rest. Or at the most, they’re advises to take regular walks.
While it is definitely essential to exercise when you’re young, it is also equally important to do so, when you’re older. Perhaps, even more.
Let’s bust a few of the common fitness myths about seniors.
Myth: Older adults shouldn’t exercise
Fact: Elderly people must exercise – it improves strength, agility and balance. All of which are important because they help prevent falls and consequent fractures that are common with advancing age.
Myth: You can’t build muscles after 50
Fact: It may be tougher to build muscles after 50, but it is doable. With the right exercise technique and protein-rich diet, seniors too can undertake strength training and become muscular!
Myth: Exercising can cause heart attacks in seniors
Fact: Sedentary lifestyles can increase heart attack risk. 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activities can benefit seniors immensely and improve cardiovascular health.
Myth: Exercise may lead to joint pain
Fact: Exercise actually helps reduce arthritis pain. In a study of people over 60 years of age, researchers observed that those who exercised had lesser pain and superior joint function.
Myth: As you get older, you need more rest
Fact: Inactivity may inadvertently contribute to loss of independence among seniors. Exercising helps keep weight, blood pressure and cholesterol in check, reducing illness and injury.
Myth: Older people can’t lift weights
Fact: Seniors who don’t have injuries or other issues that limit their movement can add weight lifting to their workouts. It may aid in lessening muscle loss and supporting bone density.