Many older adults, including those we serve at Home Care Assistance Columbus, feel that once they have reached retirement age, it’s too late to start being active.
“So you are a little slower, your reflexes aren’t as sharp as they used to be, and your joints make more noise than a jackhammer,” said Dr. Robert Danoff, D.O., M.S. — a family physician and program director at Jefferson Health System, in Philadelphia.
Dr. Bob gives this advice: “Do you want to feel better on a daily basis? Are you willing and motivated to work toward personal fitness? If so, you have a great opportunity to increase your mobility, get physically stronger, and decrease your risks for heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity and falls from lack of balance and strength.
“It’s never too late to get active and fit. Part of aging well is keeping both mentally and physically active. Even folks who are usually inactive can improve their health and well-being with moderate activity on a daily basis. This activity need not be strenuous to achieve health benefits because the dividends of health can be achieved by increasing the duration, intensity and frequency of your fitness program.
“Improving your fitness makes a difference in your life. Physical activity can help promote the strength, balance, flexibility and endurance needed to carry out activities of daily life, including playing with the grandkids, which can drain even a 20-year-old. Other benefits? You will be better able to stand up, sit down, go up and down stairs, and stand at a sink long enough to prepare meals. You may even notice that you are better able to operate your car.
“Regular exercise also reduces your stress and anxiety while improving your overall quality of life. And, for those of you who live by yourself or feel a little lonely, exercise can provide social support because it can get you out of the house and help you reconnect with people.”