Exercise is important at any age. Seniors can benefit from incorporating exercise in their daily lives. While it’s importance can’t be denied, aging adults may feel it’s difficult to exercise as they may have mobility issues. They may also be hesitant due to the fear of falls and injuries. Also as we age, aches and pains become a new norm. There are plenty of other reasons that may hinder seniors in starting a new exercise or fitness program.
When the word exercise comes to our minds we tend to think of gym or exercise equipment. Sure in younger years that may be just fine but as we age things change. Seniors can benefit from adding healthy activity or body movement whether at home or outside. They don’t have to be at the gym in order to get fit and healthy.
There are tremendous benefits of exercise, no matter the age. It can improve physical and mental health of an individual. It can relieve stress, manage symptoms of aches and pains and also helps in aging better.
Improves balance, prevents falls
Fear of falls is one of the major fears among seniors. Exercise provides strength and flexibility to the body. Also it improves posture and balance and that can reduce the risk of falls.
Delays or Prevents Diseases
Seniors who exercise have better immune and digestive functions. It can help delay or prevent chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis and many others. It can also lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and certain cancers.
Many seniors 65+ can safely exercise. However, if you are unsure due to a chronic illness check with your doctor. Also ask your doctor if you are over 50 and haven’t exercised on a regular basis before starting any fitness or exercise routine.
Too much weight gain or obesity to lead to a variety of different diseases and illnesses. Exercise can be extremely beneficial in controlling or maintaining a healthy weight. Our metabolism slows down as we age, hence gaining weight is really easy and losing it can become a challenge. Exercise helps in increasing metabolism which in turn helps burn more calories.
Seniors may feel that their moods improve with exercise. It provides a sense of an overall well-being in an individual. Exercise promotes strength and self-confidence. Hence it’s really helpful when it comes to feelings of depression and anxiety.
Another common complaint many seniors have is unable to get a sound sleep. We need a good night sleep in order to function properly during the day. Seniors who exercise on a regular basis, may feel that they fall asleep easily and deeply. When they wake up in the morning, they are energized and ready to start their day.