Just last week I was at the AAMP&R annual meeting in San Diego. Not only was the weather significantly warmer than the rest of the country, but I also enjoyed the featured topic of conference: Exercise is Medicine.

There are many things we learned about the powerful impact exercise has on our lives. There are also many medical benefits of exercise specifically for the aging process. Most of us will see a 25% reduction in physical performance by age 60. Strength decreases sooner than endurance activities. But the good news is that we can slow and diminish the effects of aging on the human body

Studies of exercise in older males have shown that interval training with short rest periods is optimal for strengthening exercises. The rest between sets should be less than 60 seconds. For aerobic exercise, it is important to know your heart rate, resting heart rate and heart rate reserve. These can be calculated fairly easily.

heart_rate_reserve calculation

Heart rate monitors are an inexpensive way to monitor your heart rate during exercise. There are more and more apps available for keeping track of health and wellness goals too.

Exercise is important for all age groups, and it is never too late to start. Get going now on your exercise program and put off the effects of Father Time.

Christopher Burton, MD
Christopher Burton, MD

Christopher Burton, MD is a physician, speaker, coach and author, practicing in Pensacola, FL. He specializes in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, which focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of conditions - particularly those of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems - that may produce temporary or permanent impairment of function. Dr. Burton also provides one-on-one Health & Wellness Coaching for select clients who want to improve their life significantly. In addition to his practice and coaching, he actively lectures on health, nutrition and exercise for healthcare groups, colleges, and businesses, and travels internationally teaching on various topics including the treatment and rehabilitation of athletes.