Senior Fitness

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Senior Fitness. Benefits of Exercise

More than half the emergency room visits are from falls by our elders north of 65 years old. How many people know someone who fell and then it was all down hill from there?! Balance, strength, mobility are important in determining life expectancy and enjoyment of life.

You can weight train at 90 years old and make improvements on your fitness. You can run a 5k if you wanted. You’re never too old to grow! Here is a list of benefits of exercise and some fun videos of seniors completely dominating!

  • Live longer. According to the World Health Organization, leading a sedentary lifestyle is one of 10 leading causes of death and disability.
  • More efficient absorption of nutrients. Exercise helps support healthy digestion and allow your body to absorb nutrients more effectively 
  • Reduced risk of stroke or heart attack. Regular exercise lowers your risk of heart disease. It can also help to keep your blood pressure down. If you suffer from high blood pressure, exercise can even help to lower blood pressure.
  • Better bone density. Exercise, especially strength training, protects against loss of bone mass. This leads to lower risk of osteoporosis and broken bones.
  • Healthier Joints. Exercising can help control joint swelling and so can reduce pain caused by arthritis.
  • Reduced risk of developing dementia. Physical activity reduces the symptoms associated with anxiety and depression and can lead to improved moods and increased feelings of well being. 
  • Prevent or delay disease. People who exercise regularly tend to recover more quickly from injury, illness, or surgery. That’s because a strong body is better equipped to fight infection and recuperate effectively.

So, in a Nutshell….JOINT HEALTH

Truly, you are an athlete in life. You need to be aware of all that is your body. Keep it fine tuned so that you can be ready for anything! Here is some more information on senior fitness after 70! Harvard.edu

Check out CMass member Charlie Parr working on his balance. 

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Stopping Exercise is BAD for your Brain!

So summer is coming to an end.  Be honest, have you been on top of your workouts or did they fall off.  Listen it happens.  Summer brings about more free time, but it also brings an inconsistent schedule which can throw off eating healthy and getting your fitness on.
After just a few weeks off you can lose a significant amount of cardiovascular endurance; but there is something more important that you could lose, YOUR MIND!

The Frontiers in Aging Neurosciense published a study on cerebral blood flow during exercise and after taking 10 days off.  The results were stunning, where researchers found that after subjects stopped exercising, blood flow decreased 20% – 30% in eight regions of the brain.  Most notably effected was the left and right hippocampus.  This area of the brain is responsible for learning and memory and is one of the first regions to diminish in size in people with Alzheimer’s disease.  That’s why other studies have recommended that Alzheimer’s patients perform an exercise program to improve their quality of life.

Researches noted that cognitive decline went unnoticed and longer studies would have to be performed.  I think we all know people who had stopped exercising or discontinued their daily activities and went downhill.  So do we really need a long term study to point out the obvious that MOVEMENT IS MEDICINE?!  Other research has shown increased blood flow, due to exercise, increases growth of new brain blood vessels and brain cells. WE MUST KEEP MOVING!

Taking a break from intense workouts is essential for recovery but you should not cease all exercise!  Speak to one of the trainers if you are feeling burnt out.  We will get you into a routine that will keep you moving but allow your body to rest and recover! IMG_3188