“A body in motion stays in motion; a body at rest stays at rest.” – Sir Isaac Newton on the First Law of Motion
We have to thank the famous physicist and his discovery of the laws of motion. This law, however, extends far beyond atoms and molecules. We can apply it to our body, motivation, and everyday life.
As the body begins to age, motion is more important than ever. Muscles pulling on bones INCREASE bone density thanks to a process we understand called Wolff’s Law.1 The pressure created from muscle fibers pulling at the junction where they join bones increases the body’s ability to remodel bone on a cellular level. The process, in turn, reduces the risk for diseases like osteoporosis.
Increased muscle tone also leads to a decrease in fall risk.2 This process works by two main explanations. First of all, as our muscle tone increases, the body is both more robust and able to hold itself up than someone with less muscle tone. Secondly, as we train our body through a full range of motion at joints (like in the spine, hip, knee, and feet), our body learns how to move through these range of movements better. This makes it easier for us to recover from a misstep or slip.
The CDC currently recommends 150 minutes of exercise per week for adults.3 These 150-minutes can be broken up into three 50-minute workouts, five 30-minute workouts, or however your schedule allows. The trick here is making sure you work that into your day-to-day routine. If the workout is too intense, or we’re too sore after it, we’re less likely to continue that routine for very long.
Some of our favorite things to do for spinal health are aquatic exercises. These allow the body to achieve a full range through our joints, with a fraction of the bodyweight that normal gravity has on us. Activities like swimming laps or even walking in a lazy river are excellent for strengthening muscles and decreasing fall risk.
Silver Sneakers Program
As more research and information is coming out about the benefit of routine exercise, insurance companies are taking notice. Many members of Medicare Advantage plans may be eligible for free gym memberships at participating locations. To check on eligibility, please check out this link: https://www.silversneakers.com/learn-more/.
For our local Livonia/Redford/Farmington Hills patients, our local favorites for access to quality workout equipment as well as a pool, check out the Jack E. Kirksey Livonia Recreation Center (located at 5 Mile and Hubbard in Livonia).
If you have any questions, as always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.