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Agility is the ability to change directions quickly!

Education | | Dr. Dann

When is that tipping point, that moment that you decide 'I've had enough of this! I need to do something different for myself?'

Did you know that one quick move, changing directions quickly, is how many people injure themselves as they age. As we lack mobility, we begin to lose our ability to be agile, increasing our risk of an unexpected injury.

Staying active, mobile, and agile are significant indicators of living a happy and independent life as the years go on! Physical independence affects our physical health, mental health, and social and emotional well-being!

A lack of physical activity or exercise can also make it more likely that a person will experience a loss of mobility as they age. If we aren't using our bodies, creating connections between our bodies and our brains, then we can lose these connections, and in turn, lose coordination.

A lack of coordination is what can lead to unexpected falls and injuries!

It's important to be able to stay agile as we age! Play sports, go on hikes and walks and learn new things! These activities literally have the power to keep us young!

So often, an injury, an ache, or pain stops us in our tracks and we just quit moving all together. We think, well, maybe I'm too old for this anyway. It's time for me to slow down!

This is actually the exact opposite of what you should be doing! The BEST thing we can do for ourselves is invest in our bodies, stay pain free so that we can continue to train, stay mobile, and agile, and resilient for life.

Agility: The ability to change directions quickly! This is not an ability that we want to let fade away as we age. This is the difference between an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, or continuing to be active, strong, and independent! Here are a few ways to ensure you are staying agile!

5 Tips for Staying Agile as we age!

  1. Stay Physically Active: Regular exercise, engage in activities like walking, swimming, or yoga, helps maintain flexibility, strength and balance. Incorporating a variety of exercises can prevent muscle stiffness and joint pain, promoting overall agility.
  2. Maintain a Healthy Diet: Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits vegetables lean proteins, and whole grains provides essential nutrients for maintaining muscle mass, bone density, and energy levels. Staying hydrates is also crucial for overall health and mobility.
  3. Engage in Cognitive Activities: Keeping the mind sharp through activities like puzzles, reading, and learning new skills stimulates neural connections, enhancing cognitive function and adaptability.
  4. Prioritize Sleep: Quality sleep is essential for physical and mental rejuvenation. Adequate rest promotes muscle repair, hormone regulation, and cognitive processing, ensuring optimal agility and responsiveness during waking hours.
  5. Embrace lifelong Learning: Stay curious and open to new experiences. Continuously learning and challenging oneself fosters mental flexibility and adaptability, enabling individuals to navigate lies changes with resilience and agility.

If you are reading this and realize that despite your best efforts, you need help staying agile, mobile, and active, we are here for you!

Schedule a call today. We would love to hear more about what’s going on.

Dr. Dann is a chiropractor serving Milwaukie, Happy Valley, Clackamas, and Oregon City.
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