AGE­ING GRACE­FULLY

What’s a good ex­er­cise pre­scrip­tion for a healthy man in his 80s?

Health & Nutrition - - FITNESS FORUM - Bhaskar Shetty, Ban­ga­lore

The phys­i­cal fit­ness requirements of an 80-year-old and an 18-year-old is pretty much the same. The only dif­fer­ence is the de­gree. You need strength, stamina and flex­i­bil­ity, co­or­di­na­tion and bal­ance as much as an ath­lete train­ing for the Olympics, ex­cept your requirements of all those com­po­nents of fit­ness is to an ex­tent that will keep you in­de­pen­dent and med­i­ca­tion-free. So if all your health pa­ram­e­ters are good enough and you have med­i­cal clear­ance for ex­er­cise, please do so. Start with a trained pro­fes­sional and un­der su­per­vi­sion, at least till you are con­fi­dent to do so on your own. Walk­ing, yoga and some light weight train­ing to strengthen your mus­cles would go a long way in im­prov­ing your phys­i­cal fit­ness and keep­ing you healthy and dis­ease­free. A bal­anced nu­tri­tion plan will also com­ple­ment your health ben­e­fits.

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