There is a lot of talk, I’m too old, this I’m too old that, my body just won’t move like that, or my body just doesn’t move at all. My creaky knees, my hips hurt, my shoulders, my arms can’t reach up that high and the list goes on.
Well, what if I was to tell you, YOU can reverse all this, and NO, it’s not because you are getting older, it’s simply because you are too lazy to get off that couch and do something about it. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS to our joints if we remain sedentary, they get stiffer, and stiffer you end up with arthritis or osteoarthritis, you go to the doctor he prescribes you a pill and ‘wolla’, you feel good again, another excuse not to start moving your body, because there’s no need to, that pill has fixed all my aches and pains, until you run all out of those miracle pills and you go through this whole cycle again. Let me explain to you about our joints.
In a joint, bones do not directly contact each other. They are cushioned by cartilage that lines your joints, synovial membranes around the joint and a lubricating fluid inside your joints called (synovial fluid). As you age, joint movement becomes stiffer and less flexible because the amount of lubricating fluid inside your joints decreases and the cartilage becomes thinner. Ligaments also tend to shorten and lose some flexibility, making joints feel stiff. However there is good news to this, it can be reversed!
Many of these age-related changes to joints are caused by lack of exercise. YES A LACK OF EXERCISE PERIOD! Movement of a joint and the ‘stress’ of movement helps keep the fluid moving. Being inactive causes the cartilage to shrink and stiffen, reducing joint mobility. Exercise can prevent many age-related changes to muscles, bones, and joints.
It’s never too late to start. Exercise can make bones stronger and help slow the rate of bone loss.
- Older people can increase muscle mass and strength through muscle-strengthening activities.
- Physical activity in later life may delay the progression of osteoporosis.
- Weight-bearing exercise, or weight training, is the best type of exercise for maintenance of bone mass.
- Older people who exercise in water (which is not weight bearing) may still experience increases in bone and muscle mass compared to sedentary older people.
- Stretching and Mobility is another excellent way to help maintain joint flexibility.
Don’t let this EXCUSE I am too old to do that ruin your life of not being able to play with your dog, or your kids or grandkids, get out there and start moving today. You will add another 10-15, or even 20 years to your body…