We at Las Vegas ObGyn Center know that preparing for getting older age is not just the responsibility of the elderly, as muscle loss due to age begins to set in after 35 and only worsens over time. Don’t get depressed, there are things you can do to mitigate these changes. In an article published in the Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Women’s Health Watch, July 2017, we learn that “only 21% of women of women observe the Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendation to perform activities that work all the major muscle groups at least two days a week.” We know that women are busy, working, taking care of children and grandchildren, a household, husband or partner, community involvement, etc. Making time for “yourself” is often a challenge at every stage of a woman’s life but it is essential for your health, well-being and frankly, your sanity.
Strengthening exercises can stave off the most detrimental aspects of aging and promote other physical functions such as balance, cholesterol levels, and mobility. This also helps to sustain a sense of well-being and emotional stability, which often suffer as one’s physical capacity diminishes. Additionally, taking steps in advance can help lessen the effects of conditions or injuries developed later in life, including pain from arthritis, muscle wear, heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis. We don’t have to decline in our ability to enjoy an active physical life; we just need to keep moving and focus on our physical wellness.
While the aging process affects everyone differently, there are proven steps you can take to prevent a decline in physical and mental health:
- Strength and Power Training Exercises – click for some examples
- Yoga – A July, 2017 article in Psychology Today discussed a Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity study that found that 12 weeks of yoga slowed cellular aging.
- Walking, Cycling, Jogging – while it is important to always check with your physician before beginning any exercise program, many women have continued to walk, cycle and job well into their mature years. Even if you are just starting out with a walking program, a few minutes each day, you are taking positive steps to ensure a healthier physical experience as you age.
We talk to our patients about their lifestyle and what would work best for them considering their current health, interests and time demands. Talk to your doctor and get on a regular exercise program to ensure your experience as a maturing woman is as positive as possible.