Continued Mobility and Retraining the Brain
February 14, 2017
Decreased mobility due to aging is reversible. Studies show that we typically lose 8 percent or more muscle mass every ten years after the age of 40, and muscle mass gives you strength, which is important when it comes to mobility.
Many specialists have made it the focus of their careers to study the benefits of various exercise programs in alleviating symptoms of chronic conditions, as well as slowing down the overall aging process and keeping aging adults safer from potential injuries. Exercise programs of this type include aerobic activity, flexibility, stretching, and coordination activities.
It is a commonly accepted belief that complete transformation is too difficult, if not impossible, after leading a generally sedentary lifestyle. The truth is that research indicates that hours following an activity session, proteins in the brain help develop new brain cells in persons age 65 or above and you can indeed forge muscle memories through repetitive motions.
The goal of these programs is to use patterns and tests in training sessions to keep older adults moving, training their brains and their muscles.
A leading cause of falls in aging adults is related to multi-directional movements, such as a pivot, which can result in the loss of balance and, ultimately, a fall. Specialists who develop programs to enhance the mobility of aging adults, require that the adults practice repeated multi-directional movements, introducing new steps, which teaches the brain to move in all directions with added steps to ensure safety, builds muscle strength, increases coordination, and improves overall health.
The importance of staying as mobile as possible as a person ages cannot be undervalued. The truth is that moving keeps you mobile and mobility is vital in keeping you safe and healthy. And the fact that decreased mobility due to aging is reversible is encouraging news.