❇️ Only around 25% of people >65 meet the physical activity guidelines of 30 minutes activity/day.
❇️ New research shows it is possible to quickly regain the lost health benefits by starting exercise later in life or resuming it if it’s fallen off
❇️ “becoming physically active between 40 and 60 years old led to similar reductions in premature death from any cause as those who had maintained physical activity throughout their lives (reductions of up to 35 per cent and 36 per cent respectively).”
Professor Stamatakis: “Keeping physically active is as important when we are 10 or 20 as when we are 70, but for different reasons…. Ironically, exercise becomes less of a lifestyle priority as we age – when exactly we need it the most,” he says.
“At all life stages, it is a good idea to try and do as much as physical activity we can, and people of a certain age who consider to uptake physical activity should not feel that they ‘missed the train.’”
Many of my patients initially report pain with walking, squats, lifting or even getting on the floor to do yoga when they come to my office for care. Just like blood pressure, body fat and other metrics, not being able to exercise due to pain is a critical problem with fatal consequences over the long run.
In addition to relieving my patient’s symptoms, I also make sure my patients can get back to (or start!) an appropriate exercise program, without causing further injury to their muscles or joints, so they can reduce their risk of premature death.
If you know someone who has stopped being active or who is avoiding exercise due to pain, please refer them to our office for help before it’s too late. Months have a knack of turning into years and then decades if you don’t take action.
Check out the full article “Becoming Active Older Can Still Reduce The Risk of Premature Death” from the Sydney Morning Herald.
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