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Friday, March 7, 2014

Health, Exercise and Aging

                                   Health, Exercise and Aging [1]           

Research has shown that there is a correlation between “…regular, vigorous exercise and reduction in a person’s chances of dying from heart disease and cancer, as well as hospital admissions for serious illness.”   That doesn’t mean that we have to dash around the block or climb mountains.  For me it means jogging in the summer and fast walking the rest of the year.  One of the key factors is developing a habit I go rain or shine (and snow when it comes) 
    Here are  the benefits  of a  brisk 30-minute walk for older adults:
§       Lowers blood pressure
§       Boosts ADL cholesterol in blood
§       Reduces risk of blood clots
§       Reduces risk of heart attacks
§       Reduces risks of strokes
§       Boosts metabolic rate
§       Reduces body fat, improves lean muscle mass
§       Helps manage Type II diabetes
§       Reduces risk of osteoporosis
§       Improves long-term  recovery from depression

On page 150 in the book cited below we are given an ideal exercise program.
1.     Begins with a low level of activity
2.     Includes an initial warm-up, with stretching  light calisthenics.
3.    Proceeds to leisurely walking
4.    Consists of more strenuous exercise for 20 minutes or more.
5.    Ends with a relaxing cool down for a period of  5 to 10 minutes  of light exercise
6.    This pattern should be repeated at least three times a week.

Good Luck !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This Material was gathered from  Social Gerontology   and Organized by  Nancy R, Hoonah & H. Asuman Kiyak  both from the University of Washington. ISBN  0-205-44611-6   Thanks to them for the information,

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