Aging, Wisdom and Exercise
If we’re lucky, we gain wisdom as we age. Physically though we go through changes that cause us to modify our approach to some things. But accommodations to the reality of aging does not mean that we should sacrifice our ambitions. We should not hesitate to try new things and set new goals. Constant striving for achievement helps keep our minds active and healthy. Matching that with exercise, which has its own associated goals and achievements, keeps our bodies healthy and strong.
In our physical therapy department, we often treat patients who had never exercised in the past. It can be illuminating for them. It’s a behavioral change that directly benefits quality of life. They quickly discover a new appreciation for physical activity, and the benefits of exercise to their bodies and minds.
Ideally, your program should be supervised and aligned with your personal circumstances. Before beginning a new exercise program, it is important to consult with your physician to best understand how to proceed safely. It is equally important to get professional instruction on your exercise of choice, especially if it is new to you. Proper form and body mechanics are essential to getting the most benefit from your new program, not to mention protecting yourself from injury. We encourage setting aggressive yet realistic goals. And we respect those with the wisdom to include their health and wellness team in the planning and oversight process.