Over the next 30 years, the number of individuals age 65 and older will reach 70 million in theUnited Statesalone, and those 85 and older will comprise the fastest-growing segment of the population.
As our elderly population increases, it becomes more important than ever for clinicians to recommend appropriate exercise programs that can improve health, functional capacity, independence and quality of life.
This position statement by the American College of Sports Medicine presents five major topics regarding the influence of exercise and physical activity on aging:
- cardiovascular responses to acute and chronic exercise
- strength training, muscle mass and bone-density implications
- postural stability, flexibility and the prevention of falls
- the role of exercise on psychological function
- exercise recommendations for the very old and frail
Participation in a regular exercise program can be an effective intervention to reduce or prevent a number of functional declines associated with aging. The benefits associated with a combination of training adaptations can contribute to a healthier, independent lifestyle, improving both functional capacity and quality of life.
The doctors and staff at Conyers Family Chiropractic Center are dedicated and experienced at assisting seniors in becoming or remaining active. Our programs include a range of processes which allow seniors to enjoy life, sleep well and stay pain free.
Why not give us a call today.