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Squatting for Longevity
It has been proven that we naturally lose muscle mass as we age, which is why strength training is so important for seniors. Of course, there are many options for strength training, including isometric exercise (bodyweight training), resistance training (using weights), and swimming. But the most convenient and effective way to build muscle and maintain mobility is the simple squat. In many cultures around the world, the squat is simply a way of life and helps to maintain mobility well into old age.
Consider that every time you sit down, kneel down, and stand up, that’s basically a squat. But as we can readily observe in those of old age, these daily movements can become very challenging. Squats strengthen muscles in your legs, glutes, lower back, and core, helping to stabilize your body and keep knees and hips flexible, prolonging the ability to perform daily tasks. Squats also provide good cardiovascular exercise, making them an excellent full-body workout. Some studies have even shown a correlation between lower body strength and longevity, including being able to stand on one foot unaided and rising from a seated position without using your hands.
Click here to read an article from AARP about performing squats safely.
Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey (VNA) physical therapists help our patients perform exercises like this to help them regain mobility and continue aging in the comfort of their own homes. But Medicare and supplemental insurance often do not cover all the care they need. If you would like to help, please visit https://vnannj.org/donate.
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