Am I too old to exercise at my age?
Constant physical activity helps slow down the aging process and improves the quality of life of the elderly because it reduces the symptoms and consequences of any pathologies present, improves cognitive functions, increases strength and muscle mass and avoids situations of isolation and loneliness.
Many elderly people think that physical activity should be practiced by young people and that at their age there is no benefit from it, indeed that it can represent a danger.
Starting physical activity at a young age certainly helps prevent various diseases, but it can also be beneficial if regular practice begins later in life. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that people with more than 65 years old, to exercise at least 3 times a week and to adopt an active lifestyle appropriate to their conditions and abilities. Activities aimed at improving balance to prevent falls are also important. It is not necessarily necessary to go to the gym, but also to take regular walks, take care of the garden or play with grandchildren, are activities that promote "active aging", essential for maintain their independence and autonomy.
Regularly active elderly people have a lower frequency of cardiovascular and osteoarticular pathologies, diabetes, depression and functional limitations, compared to those who lead a sedentary life. In Italy, 35% of the population declares itself sedentary, a percentage that increases with advancing age, and 60% of those over 65 are overweight / obese.
1. World Health Organization (WHO). Global recommendations on physical activity for health
2. EpiCentro (ISS). National report PASSI 2016-2019: physical activity