Is a Nursing Home
“People generally wind up in nursing homes because of incontinence, immobility, or cognitive impairment, which is usually caused by Alzheimer’s disease.”
“Incontinence and immobility, are intimately related to weakness in leg strength: when the muscles of the thigh and buttocks weaken, so too does one’s control of the bladder and bowels. Because of this, enforced bed rest frequently leads to incontinence.
The lesson is clear. If you want to avoid the nursing home, you’d better take good care of your legs.”
William Evans, PhD, eminent exercise physiologist adds another compelling reason for strong lower body strength. Evans says,
“The principle villain in hip fractures is not the commonly blamed weak bones produced by osteoporosis, but instead, the weak muscles that surround the bones.”
Dr. Evans and co-researcher Irwin Rosenberg have proven that many of the reductions in function that people associate with aging are actually due to inactivity and lack of strength. But it’s never too late to improve.
“Advanced age is not a static irreversible biological condition of unwavering decrepitude. Rather it’s a dynamic state that in most people can be changed for the better no matter how many years they’ve neglected their body in the past.”
How good are your legs?
Try the following test created by researchers at CSU in Fullerton for adults ages 60 to 95. It includes a 30-Second Chair Stand, which is an exercise designed to measure your lower body strength and predict your future ability to walk, climb stairs, get out of a chair and keep your balance.
Here’s what to do.
It's easier to do this if you have a friend to time you. How to you stack up?
If your score is at the top of the range, congratulations—but if not you better get busy on that strength training program you’ve been putting off.
Dr. Bortz says, “If fractured hips and nursing homes aren’t part of your plan for the future, I seriously recommend that you take regular doses of the universal medicine—regular, structured exercise. It’s safe, cheap and has no side effects.”
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