As we age our muscles, bones and joints change, and we need to recognize that. With age, we can get osteoporosis, which means thinning of the bones. Our muscles can get weak. Our reflexes are reduced in an emergency. As we accept these changes with aging, we need to exercise – it doesn’t have to be vigorous exercise – so we can be as fit and healthy as we can as we grow older.
- It is common to have fluid in the joints or lose cartilage, which is referred to as degenerative changes.
- It is interesting to note that less than 10 percent of Americans exercise on a regular basis and the most sedentary group is over the age of 50.
- Exercise routines don’t have to be vigorous. They can include simply walking, swimming, riding a bicycle, or dancing.
“As we get older and our bones are changing, our joints become stiffer and less flexible. It is common to have fluid in the joints or lose cartilage, which is referred to as degenerative changes.”