February 09, 2020
A little while ago I went to a workshop for people living with Arthritis and how to manage their condition. After the speaker had finished and opened up the floor to questions it struck me as interesting that most people were looking for a magic pill that would at the very least help, and at best cure their condition.
When the speaker recommended the best medicine they could take was regular exercise I could sense the disappointment by some of the audience. I suspect that was in part because the fitness industry portrays exercise as a bunch of young people wearing the latest trends in clothing, music blaring, lifting heavy weights and working at an intensity that is consistent with and Olympic athlete.
Whilst that may be true of some gyms and during peak hours, there are a lot of exercise facilities that welcome all sections of the community and adapt the environment to the group of people using the gym at that moment in time.
It is well documented that exercise is good for you but as we get older exercise can take a back seat. In fact as we age we should be doing more exercise, not less as it can help with a merid of age related health conditions.
If you suffer from High blood pressure, Osteoarthritis, Type 2 diabetes, Cancer, Weight gain, Anxiety and a range of Heart conditions then talk to your health professional about an exercise plan.
For most conditions regular exercise is the key to improved health but knowing where to start and what to do can be the biggest challenge.
First published in Verve magazine