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Particular exercises may relieve certain physical complications from dental practice.
Exercise regimens should differ slightly depending upon your age. As we grow older, we tend to lose more muscle mass. Therefore, people under age 50 should consider an exercise regimen that consists of a higher percentage of aerobic exercise and smaller percentage of strength training. After age 50, the percentage of time spent strength training should be greater than aerobic exercise.
Studies show that a regular aerobic exercise regimen:
To be considered aerobic, an exercise must utilize oxygen to maintain a heart rate for a prolonged period of time through rhythmic and regular joint movement of the large muscle groups. The three primary goals of an aerobic conditioning program are to:
In addition, aerobic exercise may decrease muscle imbalances of the neck and shoulders by encouraging correct use of the diaphragm and other primary respiratory muscles while maintaining excellent posture during exercise. Proper diaphragmatic breathing will help relax scalene and anterior neck musculature with aerobic activity.
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Dental professionals should keep in mind two important guidelines when selecting their aerobic activities:â¨
There are many good exercises that activate the upper trapezius musclesL
Strength training is an especially important component of exercise programs for dental professionals over the age of 50. However, you should ensure you are strengthening the correct muscles, and not worsening the muscle imbalances to which dental professionals are uniquely predisposed. Read more about a customized strengthening program developed specifically for dental professionals.