Latest research in the September issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons shows that being physically active may significantly improve musculoskeletal and overall health and minimize or delay the effects of aging. The best news is that it is never too late to start!
Charleston, South Carolina, USA September 3, 2014 - (PressReleasePoint) - A review of the latest research on senior athletes [65 and over] in the September issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons provides some very good news, especially for baby boomers!
Being physically active may significantly improve musculoskeletal and overall health, and minimize or delay the effects of aging. "An increasing amount of evidence demonstrates that we can modulate age-related decline in the musculoskeletal system," said the lead study author..
"A lot of the deterioration we see with aging can be attributed to a more sedentary lifestyle instead of aging itself.”
According to Jim Kirwan, the creator of Get America Moving, the really good news from this research is that it is never to late to get started though it raises two very important questions: how much exercise do we need to do and what kind of exercise should ywe do?
“Unfortunately there is a lot of conflicting information out there which will both mislead and confuse many people. For example, high intensity exercise is good for us but we need to introduce it gradually and progressively. However there is only so much of it that we can and should do, especially as we get older and thus it should only be a small part of a well balanced exercise program.”
Kirwan has developed a simple formula called The Exercise BASICS Formula to answer these important questions. “The BASICS stands for Baseline, Aerobic, Strength, Intensity, Cross-training and Stretching. In my view initially our focus should be on the first three and stretching as we build up to a minimum of 3 hours a week. Baseline exercise is all that unplanned physical activity we do during the day such as standing, walking and lifting and is very important in our increasingly sedentary lifestyles.
Aerobic and strength exercise are the foundation stones of a well balanced exercise program and stretching is important to retain good posture and flexibility.”
“After reaching the minimum level, we should introduce higher intensity and cross-training as we progress very gradually to the optimum level of 7 hours or an average of 1 hour a day. Exercise at and between these levels are very well supported by scientific evidence” according to Kirwan.
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