Effects of a Sedentary Lifestyle

Many elderly tend to lead a sedentary lifestyle after they retire. Routines or consistent exercises are neither established nor performed. According to the American Heart Association, it is recommended that someone older than the age of 65 should be exercising at least 30 minutes/day, at least 5 days/week. A lot of elderly simply do not meet the requirement.

Similar to the heart, all our muscles require exercises to maintain optimum health. Multiple research has shown over and over again that prolong bed rest leads to significant decrease in bone intensity, muscle strength, and endurance. It’s the use-it-or-lose-it phenomenon. With these proven studies, it’s almost silly not to be physically active.

The solution is pretty simple. Just go outside and walk for 30 minutes everyday. Sure it can be difficult at times if you are dealing with multiple conditions. This is where physical therapy play a major role. We establish an exercise program that individualize your needs. There are hundreds of exercises that are available on the internet but many may not be appropriate for your condition.

We attached a couple links below to help you make better decisions about your lifestyle.

The Cardiovascular Consequences of Excess Sitting Time

Physical Activity and Public Health

As always, you are welcomed to reach out to us. Stay active!