As we age… Tendons and ligaments

As we age…

Tendons and ligaments shorten and become less flexible with aging, so it is important to maintain flexibility with stretching exercises. Better flexibility means less stiffness, fewer injuries, and easier overall movement.

Many of the changes in our musculoskeletal system result more from disuse than from simple aging.

Less than 10 percent of People participate in regular exercise, and the most sedentary group is older than 50 years of age.

Stretching is an excellent way to help maintain joint flexibility. Weight training can increase muscle mass and strength, enabling people to continue their daily routine activities without maximal exertion.

Even moderate amounts of physical activity can reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, and some forms of cancer.

Long-term regular exercises may slow the loss of muscle mass and prevent age-associated increases in body fat.

Exercise also helps maintain the body’s response time, as well as its ability to deliver and use oxygen efficiently. Just 30 minutes of moderate activity, incorporated into your daily routine, can provide health benefits.

An exercise program doesn’t have to be strenuous to be effective. Walking, dancing, swimming, and bicycling are all recommended activities for maintaining fitness as we age.

The 30 minutes of moderate activity can be broken up into shorter periods.

Try finding a good yoga class, get regular massages and learn some stretching techniques ….also include fermented foods, oranges and some lemons, oily fish in your diet to assist with reducing inflammation.

JOHN HART:

Master’s In Education” (Disability/Rehab)Newcastle UniversityAustralia

“Grad Cert Education”NewcastleUniversity”Australia

“Diploma Fitness/Recreation”

“Diploma of Sport and Recreation”

“Cert 4 Personal Training”

“Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach”

Member of ASCA (Australian Strength and Conditioning Association)

Accredited First Aid Trainer

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