Fitness in Your Golden Years: Staying Active As You Age

By Western Berks on September 24th, 2018

Fitness in Your Golden Years

Are you among the millions of Americans who have high fitness aspirations for how you’ll spend the extra time during your golden years?

Fitness in Your Golden Years: Staying Active As You Age

Whether you plan to travel the world, pick up fly fishing, spend more time woodworking or sign up for a golf league, your physical fitness level will be a factor.

A 2010 study suggests that fitness declines we typically attribute to advancing age are largely caused by living sedentary lifestyles. This runs contrary to the widely held belief that any declines in our physical abilities are caused solely by biological aging. Do we really have control over how active we’ll be in our golden years?

In a word, absolutely. The study, which examined 900,000 running times of marathon and half marathon participants aged 20 to 79, found no significant age-related performance declines in those younger than 55 years old, and only moderate declines among the older cohorts. In fact, more than one quarter of runners aged 65 to 69 were faster than half of the runners aged 20 to 54. For those thinking that these runners must have been lifelong enthusiasts of the sport, the study revealed that 25% of runners aged 50 to 69 were relative newcomers, and had started marathon training within the previous 5 years. The researchers concluded that even at an advanced age, people in the “non-athlete” category who engage in regular training can reach high performance levels.

If this revelation is intriguing, then perhaps it’s time for you to get moving! If you aren’t currently active, then you likely have questions and concerns about where to start. If you regularly engage in physical activities, then you’ve probably set goals that you’d like to achieve. Either way, there’s no shortage of tools and resources to help you live a more active lifestyle. One reliable place to start is with a free consultation at Western Berks Physical Therapy. Our Doctors of Physical Therapy can get you started in the right direction to lead a happy and healthy life!

The benefits of beginning with a physical therapist consultation are endless! Physical Therapists are trained to assess your abilities and limitations, consider your health concerns, demonstrate safe exercises and build a plan to increase strength, function and mobility. Whatever your passion is, physical therapy will help you be fit and injury-free so you may enjoy life’s many pursuits! Call now to schedule your free consultation!

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