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Exercise and Aging
Transcript of Exercise and Aging
What this could look like for you...
Aging can make it more difficult to maintain your independence and health,
BUT only if you let it!
Keeping active by exercising regularly is one of the best ways to keep your body and mind in shape, help maintain your independence and promote an improved quality of life.
Effects of Exercise
Muscles + Joints
- decreased muscle mass
decreased strength and endurance
strength declines 15% per decade after age 50
Heart + Lungs
- decreased heart rate, stiffer blood vessels
- increased stiffness of chest wall and
decreased gas exchange surface area
- decreased aerobic capacity
declines by 10% per decade
- decreased metabolic rate
increased body fat
- decreased ratio of "healthy" cholesterol
- decreased motor control and coordination
- less efficient memory (encoding, storage,
Aging looks different for different people, but there are some changes that commonly occur. Many different systems and tissues can be affected.
What is stopping you from being active everyday?
Effects of Exercise
What is exercise?
- planned, structured, repetitive movement
- to maintain fitness, performance or health
Types of Exercise
- Resistance Training
- Aerobic Training
How exercise benefits your body
decreased risk of osteoporosis and resultant fragility fractures and decreased arthritic symptoms
counteracts muscle loss
decreased CV disease risk, lower blood pressure in those with HTN, improved cholesterol (lower LDL and raise HDL)
Exercise improves Health Related Quality of Life
prevention and management of diabetes, improved body composition (less abdominal fat and more lean body mass), increased metabolic rate at rest
depression, stress and anxiety
mood, social integration and
decreased cancer and stroke risk
HRQOL is not just the absence of disease but a positive state of physical, mental and social well being. (WHO, 1947)
Lack of time
Lack of enjoyment
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- decreased bone mass and bone density (can lead to osteoporosis)
- increased risk of fracture
Why does this matter?
Slow, gradual changes over time can accumulate and lead to:
- decreased independence and functionality
- increased risk of developing chronic conditions
- increased risk of falls/injury
Who has osteoporosis?
Who is older?
Exercise is medicine
Switch it up
150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week.
Train each major muscle group two or three days each week using a variety of exercises and equipment.
Flexibility exercises at least two or three days each week to improve range of motion.
Balance exercise two or three days per week.
- decreased flexibility of muscle, ligaments and tendons
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Increased effort to complete everyday tasks
Decreased participation in strenuous activities
- Make a set of goals
- Keep a log of your activity
- Brainstorm ways to build in activity
- Start small and progress with improvement
- Listen to your body
- Plan for breaks and changes in plans
- Measure your progress
- Try something new
- Stay Positive and Have Fun!
What are "lifestyle" exercises you can do?
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What goals could you set for this week?