Importance of Exercising with Aging

As you age, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. By exercising regularly, it may delay or diminish health problems that typically come with growing older. Physical activity has many benefits, including building body strength, improving mental health, enhancing mobility, increasing flexibility, and combating fatigue. 


Cartilage in our body is kept healthy by compression/relaxation of the joint called imbibition. Think of a dirty sponge soaking up new clean soapy water – that is what our cartilage does when we get proper exercise. Exercise, contrary to popular belief, will prolong the life of your cartilage. Often times, couch potatoes believe they are preserving their cartilage but are only completing half of the equation of compression and relaxation; it is the pumping mechanism that truly keeps the cartilage plump and cushion-like. 


As you age, it may become more difficult to involve yourself in intense physical activities. It is important to listen to your body and not overdo exercise which may lead to injuries. Keep in mind, some physical activity is better than nothing at all. 


Below are some low-impact exercises that may increase your strength, mobility, flexibility and more! 


  • Swimming / water aerobics
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Resistance band workouts
  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Strength training


If you find yourself having chronic pain that is preventing you from regular physical activity, you may want to discover the root cause. Midwest Pain Solutions provides free consultations with Dr. Jackson Draeger


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