Successful Aging – If you don’t use it you lose it!

Updated: Jul 8, 2021


We are all guilty of it; sometimes we have a break from our usual exercise routine, get lazy, go on a holiday…But for whatever reason it may be, it always take a bit of time to get back into the swing of things. For the majority of people as they age, these gaps between exercise and movement become longer and longer. And returning to them gets progressively harder and harder. Aside from exercise, something that often gets forgotten about range of motion or mobility. And all of a sudden people can’t lift their arms above their head without shoulder pain or back pain. This matches the common misconception that for a long time, it was thought that changes to muscles, bones and joints were unavoidable with age. Is this true?


Joint stiffness is a common complaint an Exercise Physiologist will encounter, usually also combined with a lack of strength in ageing populations. There are age-related changes in joints that happen; joint movement can become stiffer as the lubricating fluid inside your joints decreases and the cartilage becomes thinner. Ligaments also tend to shorten and lose some flexibility, making joints feel stiff. This is coupled with muscles losing size and strength as we get older, which can contribute to fatigue, weakness and reduced tolerance to exercise.


However, research is now proving that it is possible to reduce and reverse the risks to muscles, bones and joints by performing physical activity; that physical inactivity is now the cuplrit ass