The Secret to Anti-Aging with Spark Physiotherapyolder athletic couple

We have all heard that as we age we naturally lose muscle, and with it our strength and coordination. Many people use this as an excuse to keep them from exercise and it quickly becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. The truth is that this is not inevitable and at any age, we can build upon muscle strength.       

At Spark, we firmly believe there is an anti-aging solution, and it is called exercise. We also believe that weight training is a critical component to any exercise program. The sports physical therapist team at Spark will design and implement a strength-building program that fits your individual needs.

By strengthening the body’s largest muscle groups through functional movements, these exercises will translate to improved performance at everyday tasks such as climbing stairs, carrying groceries, and playing with your grandkids. As you become stronger, you’ll be able to increase the difficulty.

Every day at Spark I meet someone new that has been told one thing by a doctor and knew what they were being told was not the truth. These people found Spark because we offer a real solution with no short-cuts, that it is possible to be strong and solve the problems that 

I have yet to see a person who has an old trauma or is recovering from burnout who has been able to solve, not the pain, but the root cause of their pain by repeating the same 62 exercises, over two months. Optimistically it takes a year. Truthfully, you need a professional that has taken the time to assess how you are now, not how a textbook says you are built. It can send a very false idea what in reality it takes time to build away from long-term pain.

How Trauma and Stress Affect the Body

Traumas and chronic stress often represent themselves as pain around the body. So even though the tools that we use to help the body might be the same, on top of that, you have to learn how to understand why your body might be reacting in situations in ways that you have no control over, because that alone reduces the fear of it.

And how to send the message of safety to your brain when that happens

That doesn't happen through 2 exercises or in 2 months. That's a long process that most likely looks more like a rollercoaster ride, a very emotionally and physically draining one, that you can not afford to ignore.

Recovering will take time, there are exercises that can speed up that process. And not that FASTER would even be BETTER.

Weight training for seniors has numerous benefits, the list is extensive.  Weightlifting strengthens bone density, preventing osteoporosis and reducing the risk of fractures.  It improves cardiovascular health. 

It also improves balance and coordination, which can reduce the risk of falls.  It helps seniors maintain a healthy weight, reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes. Weight training allows you to burn more calories all day long.  Lastly, it reduces stress, boosting overall mental health. 

The fact is that exercise slows the aging process and strengthens us both physically and mentally. You may not know about Spark yet, but we know how to make the anti-aging solution work for you, so please make the most of your time by working with our qualified physiotherapists and trainers on a program designed specifically for you.

Dr. Carlos J. Berio
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D.P.T. Doctor of Physical Therapy in Virginia
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