Nowadays a lot of researchers examine how physical activity changes our body and our ability to perform our everyday tasks, especially among elders. Many illnesses are common, but osteoarthritis is present to seniors in the United States the most. How can the exercises, especially walking help those people?
About 13 percent of the seniors above 60 are affected by this, and the number rises as the people are getting older. The cure for this isn’t still found, so people try to relieve their pain with a lot of pain killers and eve surgeries depending on the stage of the illness. Some examinations show that a certain percent of the people with this symptomatic illness have interference from everyday life.
Also another and more recent research published in the American Journal of Preventive tries to discover the effects of the physical activity to those people with osteoarthritis. The leading author of this search is a professor from the School of medicine in Chicago.
Does the walking lower the disability percentage?
For this purpose, 1500 adults were examined. After all the information has been collected from all those people have lived with osteoarthritis and experience pain, stiffness in the lower extremities, Prof. Dunlop analyzed all the data.
The researching was made with the help of the accelerometer in order to monitor the physical activity of the people that are tested and to find the right activity which will improve their condition and their disability. The analysis has shown that those people who physically active at least one hour a week have no problem in performing daily tasks like dressing up, crossing the street or having a bath. Actually, they have a greater physical ability.
All in all, the percentage is lowered and the number of people who have disability is down from 85 to 45 percent. And the brisk walking is counted as a modern exercise for those with osteoarthritis.
On the opposite, those seniors who weren’t physically active at the end of the research stated that they are walking more slowly and have difficulties in performing their everyday morning routines.
Do the guidelines need to be changed?
In recent years the government announced some guidelines by which a senior are recommended to be at least 2.5 hours physically active, in order to be able to reduce the risky chronic diseases.
But this kind of activity and with this length it’s impossible to be achieved, especially to those people with disability and pain. And as Prof Dunlop stated – an hour a day is the core activity for being able to perform every day activities and stay healthy. And she hopes that this will motivate all the seniors to be active. Less than ten minutes is the key to their independence. And every adult should be motivated to achieve a healthy life style and to receive all the benefits from it.
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