Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Exercise is preventive medicine for seniors – White Mountain Independent

Doctors, employers and insurance companies everywhere now are in agreement that we must incorporate a certain degree of preventive medicine within our daily eating and exercise habits. For countless years, we as an aging American population have done nothing to prevent ailments due to a sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle, instead opting to mask the pain and symptoms with medication. We’ve become one of the most over-weight and over-medicated societies in the world. But now, medical practitioners and insurance companies alike are finally on the bandwagon working to avoid these problems in the first place. In fact, most employers now require some sort of healthy lifestyle program or adjustment to get a lower rate on health insurance costs.

So how do we go about preventing such things as heart disease, osteoporosis and many other ailments that creep up on us in later years due to living a sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle? The answer is a decision on your part to begin a healthy eating and exercise program on a regular basis.

Think about it, if we buy a new car, but never do any regular maintenance on it, wouldn’t it sooner or later stop working? Your body, or vehicle that you travel through life with, is not so much different. So, let’s get into a few of the simple ways that you can turn your health around, and prevent these devastating illnesses.

First off, make sure that you are managing your medication intake if you are on any. Even a small amount of exercise and drop in weight can lower many symptoms such a high blood pressure. So instead of maintaining a sedentary existence, begin a healthier eating and exercise plan, instead of continually increasing the dosage of medications you’re currently taking only to mask the problem. Many medications have various side effects that can be even more detrimental to your health than the original problem.

As we just mentioned, get on a healthier eating plan. Feeding your body the proper amount of nutrition and drinking enough water throughout the day can help rid your body of all those harmful toxins and excess fat. If you stick to a recommended diet plan, the results can only be losing those unwanted pounds, having much more energy, and avoiding future health conditions.

Exercise — I can’t say enough about this. We are not meant to be in a sedentary existence, our bodies crave movement and activities. You need to get into something that you can enjoy, while maintaining muscle mass and increasing and maintaining cardiovascular endurance. So, get up out of that easy chair and get to a gym. Or better yet, find a good personal trainer who can create an individualized workout and diet program specific to your needs.

Finally, make sure you are getting enough sleep and rest to supplement your active lifestyle. Enough sleep is required to repair and to rejuvenate our bodies, especially if we have just begun a new exercise program.

Now is the time to start on a plan to avoid those adverse conditions that sometimes come with advanced age, that we have conditioned ourselves to believe are just of part of getting older. Instead, we can remain a healthy and active senior for many years and enjoy our retirement. Remember to always consult your physician before embarking on an exercise or diet plan.

John Ryder holds a master’s degree and is a certified elite level fitness trainer. He has over 30 years in the fitness industry and is the owner of Ryder Fitness.


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