International Family Day falls on 15th May every year and highlights the importance of families as basic units of society. On this International Family Day let’s talk about the fitness of all family members.
Let’s talk about Elderly first: There are many conditions that affect people as they grow older and include but are not limited to the following- arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, hip and knee joint replacement, balance disorders, incontinence, cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions, stroke etc. Geriatric physiotherapy is proven means for older adults to improve mobility and balance, build strength, boost confidence in their physical abilities and nonetheless remain active over years.
Secondly come the generation of 30-50years: This age group mainly suffers from text neck, cervical spondylitis, vertigo, migraine, lowerback problems, mid thoracic pain, shoulder problems, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, obesity, pelvic floor muscle weakness, incontinence, varicose veins, traumatic injuries, prenatal and postnatal pregnancy weight gain, and many more.
Third comes our future generation our children: Nowadays students are suffering more with obesity, neck and back pain, weak muscles, mental health disorders, prone to fracture, kyphosis etc.
Furthermore, everyone knows that exercise is good for health but does not practice at the recommended level for health. We can’t stop time. Or can we? The right type and amount of physical activity can help stave off many age related health problems. Physiotherapist who are movement experts, prescribe physical activity that can help you and your family overcome pain, gain and maintain movement and preserve your independence- often helping you avoid the need for surgery or long-term use of prescription drugs.
Regular exercise will ease stiffness, strengthen muscles, improve circulation, help to control weight- putting less strain on joints, help maintain bone density, improve sleep and boost mood. All of which help to prevent pain and keep you moving.
Nutritional deficient food items, termed junk food is replacing healthy meals in young generation and pushing them on path of unhealthy weight gain leading to obesity. Obesity is the alarm that you are having a very less physical activity.
Nowadays every generation is spending most of the time with the gadgets and avoids doing physical activities. Using mobiles, laptops watching TV in wrong posture is affecting their spine which ultimately leads to spinal disorders and obesity.
These things together unfold the metabolic syndrome a package of various diseases and conditions such as diabetes, heart diseases, sleep apnea, mental health problems, lowerback pain, neck pain, mid thoracic pain and more.
General tips for family fitness:
Health Benefits of Regular Exercise:
You can be referred by your general physician or your consultant to your local or hospital physiotherapy department or you can make your own arrangements to see a physiotherapist without a doctor’s referral.
(Author is Consulting Physiotherapist)