3 Myths About Seniors and Strength Training

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Posted On: February 12, 2018 by Core Physical Therapy in: Exercise, Physical Therapy, PT

At Core PT, we’ve seen seniors make incredible strides in their overall health by adding regular exercise. In fact, the health care industry has been steadily adding more physical therapists to prepare for the baby boomer generation entering their Golden Years. That’s why today, we’re going to debunk three myths about seniors and strength training: MTYTH 1: There is no mind-body connection. There was a phrase popular in Roman times, “Men sana in corpore sana,” which translates to “a healthy mind in a healthy body.” Studies have found that among older Americans, there is a direct correlation between aerobic, strength and stretching exercises and an improvement in cognitive function. There was even a benefit for seniors who were high-risk for developing dementia. MYTH 2: You could hurt yourself. Injuries can happen during exercise at any age, and there’s no proof that seniors are more prone to hurt themselves than other age groups

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