Local physical therapist explains exercise myths aimed at seniors

Local Physical Therapist Dr. Greg Schroeder has started a campaign explaining his exercise myths for people 55 and older.

He said it is not true that the elderly are too old for weight training or resistance training.

In this April 29, 2014 photo, Hildegard Gigl leads a twice weekly exercise class at Hawthorne Terrace independent retirement center in Wauwatosa, Wis. Gigl, who turns 99 in June, is the oldest one in the class. “I’m getting older but I’m not getting old,” she says. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

“When we stop moving and using our muscles, we lose mass and as you lose muscle mass you start to lose mobility, then things can go downhill for you,” Dr. Schroeder explained. “Weight training has been tied to improving things like bone density and balance.”

Dr. Schroeder said no population is peddled more bad information about exercise than seniors. He said it is a demographic that is attached to so-called risks related to exercise that usually aren’t true.

There is more information at backatworkpt.com.

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