Exercise is Important, Guided Exercise is Powerful

The importance of exercise can not be understated.  Physical therapist guided exercise is invaluable.   Your bones want you to exercise.  Our bodies respond to the amount of stress or load you place on your musculoskeletal system.   Too little exercise and you will have weaker bones, deconditioning, and flabby muscles.  Exercise on a regular basis with the right exercises and your bones will be more dense, your muscle tissue will be larger and more responsive, and your heart and lungs will work more efficiently.

Osteoporosis or weak bones affects more than half of Americans over the age of 54. Exercises that keep you on your feet, like walking, jogging, or dancing, and exercises using resistance, such as weightlifting and Pilates, can improve bone strength or reduce bone loss.  

Did you know that there are studies that have shown that we can gain strength by lifting weights even in our nineties?  Of course, the choice of exercise needs to be made with careful deliberation. One such study of physical therapist guided exercise appeared in Science Daily.  The study found that after doing specific training for 12 weeks, people over the age of 90 improved their strength, power and muscle mass. This was reflected in an increase in their walking speed, a greater capacity to get out of their chairs, an improvement in their balance, a significant reduction in the incidence of falls and a significant improvement in muscle power and mass in the lower limbs.

Elhuyar Fundazioa. “Study on 90-year-olds reveals the benefits of strength training.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 27 September 2013.

Physical therapists are specifically trained and specialize in the application of therapeutic exercise throughout the life span.  Our office works with clients from 10 to 105 years old.  Let our Physical Therapists trained in Pilates guide you through a safe exercise program for to improve your functional strength.

 

Pilates Reformer with Guided exercise

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