A recent study found that older men who take statins are less likely to exercise. If you're concerned about how to stay active while taking your medications, a Baltimore health club can help.
Researchers at Oregon State University found that men aged 65 or older who took statins exercised about 40 minutes less a week compared to their peers. It could be a serious issue given that statins are one of the most widely prescribed drugs in the world. In the U.S., about one third of seniors are taking statins to lower their cholesterol and they've proven to be very successful in reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Some experts are even suggesting that they be made available without prescription and given to all people over 40.
The problem is that the side effects of statins can include muscle pain and fatigue, which naturally makes it harder to work out. Up to one third of patients report some of these symptoms, and they are most common among new users.
The good news is that you don't have to give up the benefits of statin medications to avoid the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle. A health club membership is one way to find the support you need to design a workout program tailored to your individual needs. Look for a club that offers programs geared toward seniors. As the population ages, these options are becoming more widely available.
Exercise is important at every age and that includes the later years. Staying active slows down the loss of muscle and helps you to watch your weight. It also keeps your heart strong so you can get the benefits you expected from taking your statins. Qualified instructors can suggest activities feasible for you even if you're feeling sore or low on energy.
Contact us to learn more. Merritt Athletic Clubs has something for every member of the family including older adults.