My inspiration

14 Oct

Dad WOD

When I first started CrossFitting my 60 year old dad (at the time) joined with me. It was so motivating to see my father complete the same workouts I was doing and have a little father-daughter competition. For months I watched my father get stronger, faster, and because of the paleo diet, get off of his blood pressure medication. He later had to stop because of his second knee replacement, which was a long time coming, and has yet to come back- He says his knees are too expensive- understandable. However now for exercise, he incorporates similar workout styles with movements that adhere to his doctors requirements. No matter what that man encounters in life, whether it is 2 knee replacements or a battle with prostate cancer he remains physically active as he ages.

FACTS FOR OLDER ADULTS:
-The loss of strength and stamina attributed to aging is in part caused by reduced physical activity.
-Inactivity increases with age. By age 75, about one in three men and one in two women engage in no physical activity.
-Among adults aged 65 years and older, walking and gardening or yard work are, by far, the most popular physical activities.
-Social support from family and friends has been consistently and positively related to regular physical activity.

BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOR OLDER ADULTS:
-Helps maintain the ability to live independently and reduces the risk of falling and fracturing bones.
-Reduces the risk of dying from coronary heart disease and of developing high blood pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes.
-Can help reduce blood pressure in some people with hypertension.
-Helps people with chronic, disabling conditions improve their stamina and muscle strength.
-Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression and fosters improvements in mood and feelings of well-being.
-Helps maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints.
-Helps control joint swelling and pain associated with arthritis.

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