III. Activity, Technology, and Well-being

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The most recommended exercises for older people are those that are practiced in groups

Is engaging in physical exercise good?

To slow down deterioration associated with ageing, engaging in suitable physical exercise is fundamental.

Physical training programmes are the best activity to slow down and even reverse frailty and lower the number of visits to the doctor.

The exercise that
older people engage in
must be adapted
to their individual
situation, both in terms of
frequency and duration
and in terms of intensity

Exercise acts as medicine for older people. It shows successful results. Incorporating exercise into one’s daily routine has a quick and direct impact on their quality of life.

Like all medicines, exercise in this case must be administered in suitable doses and its contraindications and interactions must be known, i.e., it must be personalised and specific suitable guidelines must be set forth.

Beneficial effects of exercise:

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Body:

  • Increases mitochondrial biogenesis

  • Increases oxidative fibres

  • Increases the oxidation of fatty acids
  • Increases aerobic capacity

Mind:

  • Enhances psychological well-being

  • Reduces anxiety and depression

  • Increases the expression of neurotrophic factors

  • Enhances memory and cognitive function

  • Improves the quality of sleep

  • Reduces mental decline associated with age

  • Increases neurogenesis

Digestive system:

  • Reduces abdominal adiposis
  • Favours weight control

Circulatory system:

  • Lowers triglyceride levels

  • Increases HDL cholesterol

  • Lowers LDL cholesterol

  • Lowers blood pressure

  • Reduces blood clotting

  • Increases endothelial function

    • Improved glucose homeostasis
    • Improved insulin sensitivity

Respiratory system:

  • Increases blood flow to the heart

  • Improves cardiorespiratory function

  • Increases mitochondrial biogenesis

  • Increases oxidative fibres

  • Increases the oxidation of fatty acids

  • Increases aerobic capacity

  • Body:

  • Mind:

  • Enhances psychological well-being

  • Reduces anxiety and depression

  • Increases the expression of neurotrophic factors

  • Enhances memory and cognitive function

  • Improves the quality of sleep

  • Reduces mental decline associated with age

  • Increases neurogenesis

  • Digestive system:

  • Reduces abdominal adiposis

  • Favours weight control

  • Circulatory system:

  • Lowers triglyceride levels

  • Increases HDL cholesterol

    • Lowers LDL cholesterol
    • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces blood clotting

  • Increases endothelial function

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Why does exercise act like medicine?

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Just like what happens with any medicine, exercise requires guidelines and indications when “administering it”; for exercise to be beneficial to health, it is important to take into account the frequency, quantity and contraindications for each individual.