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The Importance of Staying Active as Older Adults

As humans, it is important to lead an active lifestyle. That being said, staying active as an older adult is just as important as being active in your younger years. There are many benefits of an older adult staying active. An active older adult ensures ageing healthily. Staying active also helps older adults feel more independent. Research has shown that active older adults can experience a number of health benefits.

When it comes to the mind, staying active helps stimulates an older adult’s brain function and memory. For a child watching their parent age, this is something very important to them. Nobody wants to see their parent, or even friend have their mind lose proper function. Staying active may help reduce the signs of aging, which is never a bad thing.

There are many ways to stay active as an older adult. Exercise is one of the most common ways older adults stay active. Most older adults do not want to join a gym and get a personal trainer. Physical Therapy is a great option for a senior looking to stay active and exercise under supervision. At physical therapy, an older adult will have an exercise regime, which will include exercises beneficial to the individual. At physical therapy, the physical therapist will guide you through your exercises and ensure they are properly done.

There are a plethora of health benefits when it comes to exercising. Research has shown that when an older adult is physically active, some chronic illnesses may be prevented or controlled. Some illnesses include diabetes, heart disease, and even some types of cancer. Exercising is also a great way to manage cholesterol, and keep blood flowing properly. Exercising is also a mood booster. By exercising, one can destress and take their mind off their troubles.

Older adults looking to stay active should seek a physical therapist when you suffer any pain or discomfort while exercising. From there you will find out what exercises will be most beneficial, and create a routine while getting treated to heal the current injury and to prevent any additional injuries in the future. Many older adults benefit from going to physical therapy two to three times a week, with continued exercise at home as directed by your physical therapist. In order to receive the most benefits from exercise, 30 minutes daily is recommended.

By staying active, exercising, and participating in society, older adults will age healthily. The mind and body are connected; when you feel good, you look good.

We feel like we have the best physical therapists around. Did you know you don’t need a referral to get help from a Physical Therapist? Direct access is available for you, please call us and set up an evaluation so we can help get you back on your feet. In Orange County we offer Physical Therapy in Chester, Goshen, Monroe, Port Jervis, and Montgomery. Westchester County has Physical Therapy in Armonk, Bedford, and Hawthorne. In Ulster County we offer Physical Therapy in Wallkill, while in Sullivan County you can get Physical Therapy in Liberty. To round out our 12 locations in New York, those living in Rockland County can go to Physical Therapy in New City as well as Pomona.  If you happen to live in PA, we also have Physical Therapy in Milford and Dingmans Ferry of Pike County.  Give us a call today!