Exercise is good for us—but too much of the wrong type can have serious and long term repercussions. That's why yoga, which has been practised for over 5000 years, is considered a very good choice. And it's good for everything... to reduce stress and enhance well-being and improve our physical and general health. Yoga can improve brain function, burn calories, give you stronger bones, lower blood pressure, increased flexibility and tone... and much more.
Strength training benefits
Another good type of exercise—especially for women—is strength training with weights. Always check your doc first to see what you're able to handle. Our metabolism slows and bones and muscles deteriorate as we age. So any exercise is good—but strngth training is better, particularly for the over 60's. Apparently we tend to lose 5 lbs of muscle and gain 15 lbs of fat every decade starting in midlife. Dieting might help with weight loss, but it won't replenish the muscle. (Try Strength Training for Women Over 60--see livestrong)
Which exercises to avoid?
Most of us know that jogging is hard on the knees and lower joints (for starters). This is especially important to remember if you want to stay active at every age. Too much standing and walking can contribute to heel spurs and other issues. Also try to avoid sit-ups. Harvard Medical School says that, for a harder core, we should skip sit-ups and crunches, which can harm your back. Stick to the plank.
Check out other exercises to avoid, which includes crunches (yeah!), upright rows, and even the seated hip-abductor machine. These trainer favorites are not always as good for us as we like to believe.
Expensive sports injuries
Recouping from sports injuries can not only be painful but expensive and the physio you may need can lead to further problems. A New Zealand study showed that, over a five-year reporting period of a group of insurance claimants receiving physiotherapy reported in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Injury, claims attributed to exercise were related to physiotherapy in 31.5% of cases and to manual therapy in 26.5% of cases. Oops.
So choose your physiotherapist well, on the recommendation of a doctor preferably, and check their professional affiliations.
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