Age-related changes within the skeleton are inevitable, and are most often
due to loss of calcium in the body.
OSTEOPOROSIS is a common condition of reduced bone density, "brittle
bone disease". The process starts after the age of 35, and leads to a decrease in skeletal strength and to increased risk of fractures, commonly in the spine, wrists and hips. Being female and of slender body build, as well as a low calcium diet and lack of physical activity, increase the chances and the severity of osteoporosis.
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
In addition to consulting a doctor, try to eat a calcium rich diet, and remain physically active. Regular physical activity, especially weight bearing exercise, lead to increase in bone mineral density and significantly slow the ageing process of the skeleton, helping maintain functional quality of life. If you are unsure what exercise is right for you and would like to have a chat about it, please contact us by clicking here.
WHAT HAPPENS? As we age there is a general decrease in water in the body, leading to dehydration. Dehydration affects elasticity in connective tissue in and around the joints, as well as other parts of the body. Decreased lubrication of joints, and local salt deposits can cause pain and discomfort, as well as a reduction in range of movement. This is particularly common in weight bearing joints such as hips, knees and ankles, where stiffening and loss of strength often affect stability, causing people to fall.
ARTHRITIS, the most common condition associated with age, is an
inflammation, causing joints to swell and making movement painful.
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
In addition to regularly consulting your doctor, try to remain physically active.
The pain and lack of range of movement can often be overcome by stretching and mobilising activities for the joints, ligaments and the surrounding muscles. Such daily activity is also extremely important to overcome deformity.
In addition, strength training will help focus on posture, which is especially beneficial for functional activity and decreasing risk of falls. If you are unsure what exercise is right for you and would like to have a chat about it, please contact us by clicking here.
We believe in a common sense approach to health and exercise - and it's common sense that keeping fit helps you stay physically independent for longer. Whether you want to be able to look after yourself and your home, do your own shopping or play with your grandchildren as you get older, the fitter you are, the easier it will be for your body to function. Not to mention that a more active lifestyle can add many happy and healthy years to your life.
And, of course, keeping active can
> Increase muscle strength and flexibility
> Reduce risk of falls, improve balance and coordination
> Help maintain a healthy weight
>Improve mood and confidence, reduce stress and anxiety
> Reduce risks of heart attacks and strokes
Below we have listed some common medical conditions associated with aging, and explained how you can help prevent, postpone or manage them.