This time, I would like to talk about how exercise can change the quality of life for the older adult and what are the essential components of an exercise program for the Older Adult.
Now you might think that at 70 years old, or whatever age you are, it is already too late to start exercising. I would like to dispute that belief, research has shown us that at any age we can improve in strength, balance flexibility and endurance. You might also think that you are already active every day, you have so many things to do each day and that you really don’t need to exercise.
Let me remind you about muscle weakness or medically known as sarcopenia. This is a normal aging phenomenon that happens at a rate of 1-3% annually starting the age of 30 years old. If we only rely on our activities of daily living to keep us active, this process (sarcopenia, muscle weakness, loss of muscle fiber) will keep going and its effect will compound as we aged, no wonder we grow old and frail!!!