DR CHHANDA DUTTA: Both physical activity and exercise are extremely important for older people in terms of their independence and it’s not
only just independence in the sense of function to be able to do everything you
want to do but it’s also independent living. Meaning that they get to stay in their
homes and apartments and continue to live where they want to live and do the
things that they want to do as they get older. DR LYNDON JOSEPH: Being physically active on a regular basis is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. As we get
older we all want to keep doing the everyday activities we enjoy and there
are many ways exercise and physical activity can help us do that. It’s
important to do all four types of exercise; endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility, here’s why: DR CHHANDA DUTTA: Many people would like to be able to walk further without getting out of breath so quickly. and endurance exercises can improve the
health of your heart, lungs, and your overall circulatory system. Activities
that boost your endurance include things like swimming, biking, and brisk walking. Improving your endurance will make it easier for you to do everyday activities like pushing your grandchildren on swings, gardening, raking leaves or dancing and you won’t get out of breath so soon. DR LYNDON JOSEPH: If you’re having trouble climbing stairs you can strengthen your muscles with resistance exercises. Lifting hand
weights and using resistance tubes are ways to improve muscle strength. and so are exercises like these. The side leg raise The overhead arm raise and the handgrip. The stronger muscles are the easier it is to do everyday activities like climbing stairs, standing up from a seated position, lifting groceries and
opening jars. DR CHHANDA DUTTA: Some older adults say it’s getting harder to look over their shoulder when they back out of the driveway. Flexibility exercise is a way to
become more limber, improve your range of motion and have more freedom of movement. You can try doing things like yoga, shoulder and arm stretch, or the back stretch. Being more limber will make it easier to do everyday activities like putting on a sweater, bending down to tie your shoes, swinging a golf club, or
putting on a seatbelt. DR. LYNDON JOSEPH: If you’re feeling unsteady on your feet you can improve
your balance with balance exercises simple balance exercises you can do
include standing on one foot, the balance walk and heel to toe. Besides helping avoid a fall, balance
exercises can help with such everyday activities as walking safely on uneven
sidewalk and standing on tiptoe to reach items on the top shelf. So older individuals who engage in regular structured exercise or increased physical activity give themselves an opportunity to improve their quality of life.