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Q: How do I improve my physical activity?

Posted January 16, 2013 in Advice Column, Ankeny

A: The benefits of exercise throughout life are often touted. But is it safe for seniors older than 65 years to exercise? Absolutely. According to Dr. Jessica Lozinski from Back to Wellness Chiropractic, almost all older people can benefit from additional physical activity. Regular exercise protects from chronic disease, improves mood and lowers chances of injury.

Along with regular exercise or general movement it is also suggested to get regular chiropractic exams and adjustments. Chiropractic procedures take into consideration the nature of the aging spine and the many abnormalities present to provide a strategically effective, safe and noninvasive treatment plan. Through the use of gentle adjustive and mobilization techniques, physical therapies and incorporation of stretching, pain is reduced, spinal stresses are decreased, flexibility and mobility are improved and degeneration is minimized. According to Dr. Jess, the optimal goal is at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most days, preferably daily. When starting an exercise routine, your loved one may have some muscle soreness and discomfort at the beginning, but this should not be painful or last more than 48 hours. If it does, he or she may be working too hard and need to ease up.

Information from Dr. Edward Lozinski, Dr. Jessica Lozinski, doctors of chiropractic and major in exercise science from Iowa State University. Provided by Chelsea Spear, At-Home Care Company Ankeny. To find out more information about Back to Wellness Chiropractic L.C. go to

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