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Myth 1: There’s no point to exercising. I’m going to
get old anyway.
Fact: Exercise and strength training helps you look and feel
younger, and stay active longer. Regular physical activity lowers your risk for
a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer’s and dementia, heart disease,
diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure, and obesity.
Myth 2: Elderly people shouldn’t exercise. They should
save their strength and rest.
Fact: Research shows that a sedentary lifestyle is unhealthy for
the elderly – period. Inactivity often causes seniors to lose the ability to do
things on their own and can lead to more hospitalizations, doctor visits, and
use of medicines to treat illnesses.
Myth 3: Exercise puts me at risk of falling down.
Fact: Regular exercise, by building strength and stamina, prevents
loss of bone mass and improves balance, actually reducing your risk of falling.
Myth 4: It’s too late. I’m already too old, to start
Fact: You’re never too old to exercise! If you’ve never exercised
before, or it’s been a while, start with light walking and other gentle activities.
Consult your physician before starting your program.
Myth 5: I’m disabled. I can’t exercise sitting down.
Fact: Chair-bound people face special challenges but can lift
light weights, stretch, and do chair aerobics to increase range of motion,
improve muscle tone, and promote cardiovascular health.