Age Related Health Conditions that may be Prevented with Exercise

Age Related Health Conditions that may be Prevented with Exercise

Moving to a warmer climate did a great deal of good for my arthritis. And so did my exercises. Not just the specific exercises for my hands, but also the stretching, weight training, swimming, and walking.

There are 4 age-related health conditions that figure in my exercise zone: arthritis, cancer, heart disease, and mental health conditions. My diverse routine exercise program, with cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and stretching, is aimed at preventing these conditions to materialize or worsen.

Due to the current pandemic, I added a fifth health condition to my list: COVID-19. This is the disease you get from the SARS-CoV-2-virus. This disease is specifically dangerous for frail and vulnerable people. This disease made me realize the more that exercise also strengthens our immune system. The best prevention against any virus.

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Insomnia, a discouraging experience*

Insomnia, a discouraging experience

Insomnia has been understood as an unavoidable condition of growing old. For many years it was considered a matter of fact that a healthy sleep starts to dwindle in late middle age. From then on it should steadily erode. Fortunately this is not true. However, there is some cause for concern. There are major endogenous and exogenous threats to your sleep ‘architecture’ and your sleep ‘quality’.

I love to be awake

Let me first explain my personal experiences with insomnia. I have none. Of course, now and then I wake up at night. Caused by a noise or an urgent sanitary call. It might even happen that I stay awake in bed for a couple of hours. I don’t mind. These are the hours that my mind is allowed to wander through all its corners and crevices. Kind of pleasant experience that is. The only really annoying disturbance is the racket people make in the middle of the night. I will come to that at the end, first I will introduce some data on insomnia.

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Strength training to prevent falls in 60-plussers

Unfortunately, aging people believe they are going to hurt themselves if they start lifting weights. That’s not true! According to WebMD experts, one of the best decisions anybody can make is to start building lean muscle, even at age 60 or 70!

Strength training does not only helps you to increase your metabolism and burn fat. It also decreases the risk of serious injury because it strengthens your bones, your body, and your muscles, it helps to deter disease, to increase bone mass, and to make you feel confident and happy in your body and life.

If you are immobile, like in a wheelchair or bed, you can still increase your muscle strength with a modified exercise routine. Even if you use cans of soup for strengthening your biceps it’s better than nothing! 

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