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What's your plan?

Education | | Dr. Dann

None of us are getting any younger, aging is something we all must do, regardless of our activity level!

So what's your plan?

Have you thought about how you are going to stay strong and capable as you age? Do you have a health and wellness plan to help you achieve this?

Often, people give up on continuing to strength train as they age, and here are some of the most common reasons as to why!

With each "good reason" to not train, there is an even "better reason" to continue to train!

  1. Lack of Time: Many people claim they are too busy with work, family, or other obligations to prioritize regular exercise or strength training.

  2. Physical Limitations: Some individuals believe they are incapable of maintaining strength due to existing health conditions or physical limitations, without exploring modified exercises or alternative methods.
  3. Fear of Injury: Concerns about getting hurt during exercise or strength training can lead people to avoid these activities altogether, even though proper technique and gradual progression can minimize the risk of injury.
  4. Aging Is Inevitable: Some people resign themselves to the belief that declining strength and fitness are natural consequences of aging, without realizing that regular physical activity can significantly slow down this process.
  5. Lack of Motivation: Many individuals struggle with finding the motivation to prioritize exercise or strength training, especially as they age and other priorities take precedence, like work, kids, grandkids etc. Neglecting ones health because of being busy may have a major negative impact on the future health of that person. The very thing that distracts us from being active (family, job, other priorities) may be the very thing we miss out on later in life because we neglected to take care of our health while we had the chance. Motivation is a major factor in ones continued drive for maintaining a physically active and independent lifestyle. That is why it is so important that we don’t wait till the motivation strikes, and we develop a system of discipline that keeps us moving and strong for a long time to come.

Neglecting movement as we age can have significant consequences for both physical and mental well-being.

Here are two key reasons why maintaining physical activity is crucial

  1. Preservation of Physical Function: As we age, our bodies naturally undergo physiological changes, such as decreased muscle mass, bone density, and flexibility. Regular movement, including activities like walking, stretching, and strength training, helps to counteract these age-related declines. By staying active, older adults can preserve their physical function, maintain independence, and reduce the risk of falls and injuries. Engaging in regular exercise also supports cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, and improves overall mobility, contributing to a better quality of life as we age.
  2. Cognitive Health and Emotional Well-being: Physical activity is not only beneficial for the body but also for the mind. Research has shown that regular exercise can help to preserve cognitive function and reduce the risk of age-related cognitive decline, including conditions like dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Exercise promotes the release of endorphins, neurotransmitters that elevate mood and reduce stress and anxiety. Moreover, staying active provides opportunities for social interaction and engagement, which are important for maintaining mental health and a sense of purpose as we grow older.

In summary, neglecting movement as we age can lead to physical decline, loss of independence, and increased risk of cognitive impairment and mental health issues. By incorporating regular physical activity into our lifestyles, we can promote physical health, preserve cognitive function, and enhance overall well-being throughout our later years.

Addressing these excuses often involves education about the benefits of strength training, guidance on how to overcome physical limitations, and support in developing a positive mindset towards aging and fitness.

That's exactly what we do! We provide education as to the ‘Why’ your aches and pains have had such a big impact on you, and we create a customized plan to help you not only get out of pain, but stay out of pain so that you can continue to live a strong and resilient life for as long as possible, doing the things that you love!

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