Exercise can help reduce some of the aches and pains that are associated with getting older
According to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, a safe and effective exercise program can help along with slowing down the progression of conditions associated with aging.
- Keeping active helps you maintain your ability to walk, which is especially important to maintain your independence.
- Exercise is important to joint health. Repetitive motion promotes the body’s natural process of lubricating joint surfaces, which may help lessen joint stiffness and achiness.
- Stronger muscles protect your joints. As we age our joints begin to gradually weaken from typical wear and tear. Stronger muscles take weight and stress away from your joints.
“Your musculoskeletal system is an elaborate system of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves that allow you to maintain independence and a good quality of life. If you are injured or experience joint pain lasting more than several days, it’s a good indicator that you should see an orthopedic doctor.” – Dr. Mitch Wagner Orthopedic Surgeon, Wickenburg Community Hospital.
Before starting an exercise program be sure to talk with your primary care provider, especially if you have a heart problem or history of heart disease.