Catherine Mercer M.S. Exercise Physiologist
Benefits of exercise for seniors:
Regular exercise will both prevent health problems and manage existing conditions in older adults. It can be safely done regardless of your age, fitness level, health or history. If you need help getting started safely, contact a qualified exercise professional that has experience working with seniors. Local classes designed for seniors are also a great way to start.
Sodium is an important electrolyte that binds water to keep intracellular and extracellular fluids in the right balance. Along with potassium, it is vital for muscle contraction and nerve transmission.
Too much sodium can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack in someone with hypertension. It is recommended that someone with hypertension keep their sodium intake below 2300 mg per day. This can be challenging when the typical American diet includes so many salty processed and convenience foods.
However, what about health conscious people who try to limit their sodium intake? Believe it or not, too little sodium can actually be more detrimental to our health than too much.
Recent studies have shown that people who a low sodium intake (less than 3000 mg per day) have a greater risk for heart attacks than those who consume a moderate amount (4000-5000 mg per day).