“Physical Activity Is Defined As Any Body Movement That

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“Physical activity is defined as any body movement that is produced by skeletal muscles and expends energy,” (Ferrini, 2013, p. 276). Many health professionals would agree that engaging in physical activity is very beneficial at any age. In a sense, physical activity can be seen as a medicine, but it is a very different kind of medicine. Physical activity can be prescribed, but it isn’t something that can be taken orally with the expectation that all your troubles will disappear. An individual must willingly put up with the strain and difficulty of actually engaging in exercise and physical activity regularly to reap the benefits. This can be hard for those at an older age due to age-associated changes. However in today’s society, we are…show more content…
Traveling back to when technology had yet to bloom and cause a revolution, most people did not express concern about regularly engaging in exercise and physical activity because their daily lives involved a lot of movement. However once the industrial revolution came about, “the workplace and home became more mechanized,” thus physical activity began to decrease (Ferrini, 2013, p. 276). From this time, sedentary lifestyles and physical inactivity started to increase. However, technology isn’t the only thing to blame that caused physical activity levels to decline, there are other barriers to physical activity for the elderly. Common barriers to exercise in older adults include attitude, habit, discomfort, disability, fear of injury, illness/fatigue, cognitive decline and many other barriers (Nied and Franklin, 2002). Although there seems to be several barriers to exercise, they can all be approached differently to be overcome. When it comes to discomfort and disability, physical activity isn’t set at one intensity, therefore decreasing the intensity of exercise can help prevent one from being uncomfortable. Choosing from different exercises can also accommodate for one’s disability making engagement in regular physical activity possible (Nied and Franklin, 2002). As stated by Nied and Franklin (2002), habit is the single best predictor of inactivity across all age
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