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Joints that ache and pop, movements that make you cringe, and a seemingly more difficult time getting up the stairs can all be hallmarks of getting older. However, getting older doesn’t have to mean being less active.
Staying active can help you:
- Reduce your risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer
- Avoid falls and other injuries
- Live on your own longer
- Prevent depression
The most important thing you can do to stay mobile is engage in regular exercise of all types – strength, flexibility and cardiovascular. You can exercise at home, or places like The Centre or a similar facility in your hometown.
Exercise doesn’t have to mean pumping iron or using a treadmill. Things like working in your garden or chasing the grandkids or your dog count, too. If you’re retired, plan an activity outside of the home at least once or twice per week.
Another tip I give to patients is not to be afraid to use mobility aids. If items such as canes, walkers, bathroom aides and more can help you lead a more active lifestyle, then by all means, use them. Keeping your mobility is more important than refusing help. If you’ve recently been injured or ill, engaging in physical therapy can help you recover faster and learn how to use mobility aids in the meantime or in the future.”
Click here to learn more about physical therapy services at Westfields Hospital.