Fitness Options for the Elderly

Senior lady working outAs you age, exercise and an active lifestyle become more necessary than ever before. If you exercise routinely, you will enjoy tremendous benefits. Exercise is the key factor in slowing down or reversing the signs of aging. Regular exercise helps increase your energy, boost your metabolism, helps fight off illness and in the long run, will help you live a more independent lifestyle.By exercising, you are less likely to get sick and are staying physically and mentally strong. When you exercise, endorphins are released and these endorphins elevate your mood and keep your mind sharp, as a result, it boosts self-confidence. Studies indicate that regular exercise can prevent memory loss; keep muscles and bones stronger and can slow the progression of brain disorders, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

There are numerous overall physical benefits as a result of regular exercise, however; many people don’t understand what happens to their physical health as they grow older. As you age, your metabolism begins to slow down and as a result, it is more difficult to maintain a healthy weight. When you are exercising on a routine basis, your metabolism will increase along with building muscle mass. With the increase of your metabolism, you will naturally burn more calories throughout the day, helping you stay at a healthy weight. Exercise also increases the performance of your immune system, helps improve your heart health, lowers your risk for high blood pressure and helps delay the onset of other chronic conditions. Another risk of aging is loss of mobility, balance and flexibility. While exercise certainly improves your strength, by being stronger it helps you maintain proper posture and good balance, which reduces the risk of falling.

Not only does exercising on a regular basis impact your physical health, it is also beneficial to your mental health. Most people believe that as they age, their quality of sleep will inevitably deteriorate, but studies show that daily exercise can improve your quality of sleep, helping to fall asleep faster and be able to sleep more deeply. Getting enough sleep is a tremendous benefit of exercise which helps maintains your mental health and improves your emotional state. The endorphins that are released when you exercise not only stimulate your brain activity; they also can reduce feelings of depressions because they are mood elevators.

Being active and feeling stronger helps increase self-confidence because you feel better all over. Senior Care Centers recognizes the benefits of regular exercise and activity. Our facilities offer a Resident Wellness Program called “Strive 2 Thrive”. This program stresses the importance of daily exercise and activity to improve the mental and physical health of all our residents.

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