The fitness “buzz” has perhaps never been as prevalent as it is today. Fitness “gurus” write books, magazines, and create DVDs to help the general public achieve their fitness goals. Unfortunately, the senior population is usually left out. Now by no means am I suggesting that those who require senior care at home should attempt to perform overly strenuous movements and routines. However, daily activity is paramount in eliminating, reducing and/or preventing various aches and pains.
Some of the most common elderly complaints are: headaches, neck pain, back pain, hip pain, and knee pain. Pain management is usually some form of pain medication. While medication definitely has its advantages, it comes with side effects. Exercise is a natural way to combat such common ailments. All it takes is a little work.
Exercise can come in the form of a light walk, gardening, aqua fitness, or even playing with grandchildren. An exercise plan can also be coordinated through a family physician or alternative medicine practitioners such as chiropractors and physiotherapists. Careful but consistent movement will keep the bones strong, provide skeletal and neurological stimuli, promote blood circulation, alleviate tension and reduce depression. An important reminder is to make sure that you consult your family physician prior to engaging in any new activities.
I encourage all of you to keep exercising and your body will thank you.