People over the age of sixty five are at a higher risk of atrial fibrillation, the common abnormality that can lead to clots which may be passed on to the brain and possibly result in a stroke. It’s estimated that as many as five percent of persons over the age of sixty five have atrial fibrillation which could require drugs or surgery to effectively treat.
The good news for seniors who don’t yet have the abnormal rhythm is that there is an easy and very accessible way of potentially lowering your chances for getting it. Studies have shown that light to moderate exercise, like walking, can greatly lower an elderly person’s chancing of developing atrial fibrillation. Positive benefits were seen in subjects who walked as little as ten blocks over the course of a week and the likelihood of developing the abnormal rhythm went down as the activity level increased.
Most people are aware that exercise can help you look and feel better, that it keeps your weight in check and lowers the chances of developing obesity related health problems and that it can help you sleep better and elevate your mood, but the list of benefits seems to keep getting longer. Your exercise routine doesn’t necessarily need to take up half of your day or involve tons of equipment; you could simply get out with your neighbors each morning for a brisk stroll around a local park or a few block radius.
Keeping your activity level up is also a great way to maintain your independence, which could mean that you’ll be able to live on your own for longer without the need for extensive home care. Prior to beginning any new exercise routine, you should check with your physician and any other health care providers to make sure that you are choosing the best activity for your current health.