Ask AACI: What types of exercises can older adults do?

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In this Ask AACI segment, Dr. Lucy Martinez answers your question!

“One of the best ways to strengthen muscle groups is through strength training. This involves using light free weights or resistance bands which can be beginner friendly options that are also relatively accessible and cheap. You can also consider weight bearing aerobics such as walking, dancing, or cycling. These forms of exercises can also be easily accessible and effective in reducing stress. These exercises promote the full range of motion of joints and stability exercises can help prevent you from falling. Water aerobic exercises are another alternative and can be more suitable for those with joint pain or arthritis. Flexibility exercises can be done at the beginning or end of each of these workouts to reduce soreness or chances of injury.”

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Dr. Lucy Martinez is originally from Wasco, California, a small agricultural town in the Central Valley. Dr. Martinez completed her Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology at Stanford University. After graduating from college, she continued her research in child language development, implementing a Latina parent intervention to promote English and Spanish language skills in children ages 0-3 in East San Jose. Dr. Martinez then attended medical school at the Charles R. Drew University (CDU)/UCLA Medical Education Program at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She returned to San Jose to complete her residency in Family Medicine at the Kaiser Permanente San Jose Family Medicine Residency program, where she has been able to shape the way the program teaches community medicine by leading the development of the residency’s curriculum. Her interests include health equity, reducing health care disparities, language concordance, adverse childhood experiences, and graduate medical education. She is very excited to work with AACI as the KP San Jose Family Medicine’s first Community Medicine Fellow!

Disclaimer: The information provided by the Ask AACI video series is for informational purposes only and is not intended to take the place of consultation with your physician.