Exercise to stay strong

Researchers around the world have proven, that one of the most effective ways to live a long healthy life is by exercising regularly.


Conversely, people who don’t exercise are at higher risk for many different kinds of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Inactivity can also worsen arthritis symptoms, increase lower-back pain and lead to depression and anxiety.


As we age, our skeletal muscles, which are the fibres anchored to our bones and tendons that enable both motion and force, are integral to how we function. If we don’t take care of these muscles, which start to deteriorate as young as age 25, we’re at risk of injury, as well as a range of problems from incontinence to weak bones to increased risk for falls, which can impact independence and quality of life in those aged over 65.


The good news is that it’s never too late to start exercising. Walking, swimming and strength training are great exercise options for seniors, but if you’re not sure then speak to a health or fitness professional for advice on the best type of exercise to suit you.


At our Southern Plus East Fremantle Health and Wellness Centre, our Exercise Physiologists are fully trained and accredited and will work with you to develop programs that suit your condition. Whether you are new to exercise or recovering from a chronic disease, our team are here to help. Give us a call today on (08) 6424 7443 or visit us on southernplus.org.au/healthwellnesscentre/exercise-physiology/

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