One of the biggest concerns for someone who’s getting older is mobility. You may be worried that you won’t be able to get around the way you once did. Some causes of mobility problems include:
- Muscle weakness
- Vision problems
- Medication use
- Heart disease
- Balance problems related to stroke
Many problems with mobility can be prevented by taking good care of your body with nutrition and exercise. The more activity you get, the more mobile you’ll likely be in your senior years.
It’s also important to treat vision problems that might make it difficult to move properly. Sometimes just by changing your glasses prescription or getting treatment for cataracts you can return to normal mobility.
If you experience muscle weakness or balance problems you should always check with your doctor. An adjustment in medication could be all that you need. But if medication isn’t the problem, exercise could be the solution.
Weak muscles can be strengthened. Even in your senior years you can begin a fitness routine that includes aerobic activity and strength training. Working your muscles will help to prevent fractures and allow you to move freely.
Make sure to talk with your doctor before beginning a fitness routine to make sure it’s appropriate for you. But in most cases, it will be appropriate to take a walk each day and to lift some light weights for your upper body.
Just these simple steps can slow the aging process and help you to remain independent for a long time. Aging doesn’t have to mean giving up the things you love to do.