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Exercise Myths

Five Older Adult Exercise Myths

  1. There’s not point; I’m too old anyways
    • Fact: Regular activity lowers your risk for a variety of conditions including dementia and Alzheimer’s, diabetes, certain cancers, obesity heart disease and high blood pressure.
  2. Older adults shouldn’t exercise; they should save their strength and rest
    • Fact: A sedentary lifestyle Is actually unhealthy for the elderly. Inactivity can cause seniors to lose the ability to do things independently and can lead to more doctor visits and hospitalization.
  3. Exercise puts me at risk of falling down
    • Fact: Regular exercise builds strength and stamina, prevents loss of bone mass and improves balance, which all actually reduce the risk of falling down.
  4. I'm too old to start exercising
    • Fact: It’s never too late to start! However, if you have never exercised before or haven’t in a while, be sure to start slow and work your way up.
  5. I'm disabled/chair-bound. There’s no way for me to workout
    • Fact: There are plenty of light weightlifting, stretching and chair aerobic activities that increase range of motion, improve muscle tone and promote cardiovascular health.