Feel Better and Manage Disease Through Exercise

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Sep 26, 2013

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Physical activity comes in all shapes and sizes, and no one situation is right for everyone. It is recommended that you consult your doctor before engaging in exercise; and if you feel you are limited by pain or injury, you should ask your doctor if physical therapy might be a good option for you. Many insurance companies, including Medicare, allow at least some coverage for physical therapy with a doctors prescription.
If you don't know where to begin with incorporating a fitness routine into your life, there are a lot of options out there today to investigate. Many facilities offer instructional exercise classes aimed at seniors, some have special senior discounts, and still others have supervised exercise programs available to help guide you on your way to better fitness.
Beginning a fitness routine offers many benefits as you age. Fall prevention is one big reason to stay active, but there are countless others. Exercise helps decrease arthritic pain, lower blood pressure, decrease risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and increase general well-being and energy levels. If you are diabetic, you will likely find that regular exercise helps to manage blood sugar levels. Lastly, increasing your strength will help in daily activities such as walking, lifting and even sleeping.
A good exercise routine should include: cardiovascular endurance, strength training and flexibility training. Cardiovascular endurance refers to the ability to maintain activity for extended periods of time. (For example, by walking on a regular basis, you will help increase the amount of time and ease with which you walk over time.) Meanwhile, strength training helps to increase muscle mass. Higher amounts of muscle tissue decrease risk of sustaining injury while helping to increase bone density, thus off-setting or fighting osteoporosis. Finally, increasing flexibility, an often neglected portion of the fitness equation, plays a big role in maintaining balance and helping to decrease pain.
In summary, there are many benefits to incorporating exercise into your daily life. If you aren't already active its never too late to start!
Editors Note: This article was submitted by Jonathan Mojock Exercise Physiologist at MBF. He may be reached at 303-939-0591or by email at jmojock@mbfphysicaltherapy.com

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