Dr. Rajani Patil

Is the Gym A right place For a SENIOR CITIZEN?

September, 2016
The Master Responds

Often people think that a gym is the place for body builders and young spirited folks. This is not necessarily true. The weight training and other equipment that a gym offers can be an advantage to people of all ages. I don’t think that a senior citizen MUST necessarily go to the gym, but I do think that they must do some resistance strength exercises. Senior citizens tend to either do no exercise or use only walking as a primary form of exercise. Weight training in a modified form as per the age and accounting for medical condition if any; is vital for senior citizens and I will explain here why.

Perhaps one of the best exercise recommendations for a senior citizen, is to incorporate resistance exercises to strengthen muscles, maintain healthy bone mass and prevent age-related muscle loss. Strength training also increases muscle elasticity and strengthens connective tissues, tendons, and ligaments, which from abiomechanical perspective, help hold the body in the upright position. Strength training makes everyday activities like climbing stairs and getting out of a chair, easier with less risk of falling and this freedom of movement can have a considerable impact on the quality of life. Strength training also produces a number of beneficial changes at the molecular, enzymatic, hormonal, and chemical levels in your body; helping to slow down and even reverse many of the diseases caused by a sedentary lifestyle.


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