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Our physical therapists in Bradenton can help you stay physically fit and mentally sharp through healthy aging  

Aging may be inevitable, but when it comes to the changes, we think have to come with it, the same may not also be true.

As we age, our bodies experience a series of changes that usually tend to make everyday activities more difficult to complete.  Decreased flexibility, some decline in posture and hearing, and some “wear and tear” within joints are a few of the many changes that occur throughout the aging process.  These types of changes are considered “normal” aspects of aging, and most people typically notice them.  Other changes, like pain and weakness that leads to dysfunction and inactivity, are not normal signs of aging and indicate that some type of abnormal problem is likely present.

As physical therapists, it’s our job to help you understand that some of the so-called “unavoidable” changes that come with aging can actually be addressed, and in many cases, avoided.  This applies to both physical and mental function, as cognitive decline is another component of the aging process that can be significantly slowed down or even reversed when focused efforts are undertaken.  Best of all, improving physical fitness has been found to improve mental fitness, and vice versa, meaning many types of interventions will be doubly effective.

Here are some tips to help you stay physically fit and mentally sharp:

  • Exercise regularly: getting in sufficient physical activity is especially important later in life; we recommend 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise (e.g. brisk walking) or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise (e.g. jogging) every week
  • Get enough sleep: at least seven hours (or more) is needed for optimal health; going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day, making your bed and bedroom more comfortable and relaxing, and avoiding bright lights, alcohol and nicotine around bedtime will all help you improve your sleeping habits
  • Eat a well-balanced, nutritious diet: focus especially on foods that are also good for brain health like dark green vegetables, berries and foods with omega-3 fatty acids; also be sure to get enough dietary fiber and vitamins D and B-12
  • Manage your stress levels: stress can be a burden on overall health, so try to identify and address stressful triggers, practice relaxation techniques and get additional help if needed to keep stress under control

Aging in a healthy fashion without pain and fewer complications is completely feasible, so long as you have the right sort of guidance. At Physical Therapy Doctors of Florida, we are here to “Help You Move Without Pain.” Call us today to schedule your Initial Evaluation at 941-264-1414.