Conventional wisdom says that exercise is an important part of your health and fitness regimen, but which benefits are most relevant to seniors? Read on for the most important benefits of exercise and active aging, and consult a boutique gym or personal trainer for specific advice.
1. Disease prevention
Research has shown that regular exercise can prevent common diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Seniors are especially vulnerable to the effects of exercise on their immune system. Even light exercise like walking can help to prevent disease.
If you’re just getting started, you should do at least 150 minutes (2 ½ hours) a week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, like brisk walking or fast dancing. Being active at least 3 days a week is best, but doing anything is better than doing nothing at all. You should also do muscle-strengthening activities, like lifting weights or doing sit-ups, at least 2 days a week.
Try to begin gradually with your exercise regimen to prevent disease while also reducing your risk of injury. If you have any specific health concerns, get in touch with an expert before starting your health and fitness program.
2. Improved Mental Health
There are many mental health benefits to exercise. Exercise produces endorphins (the "feel good" hormone), which act as a stress reliever and leaves you feeling happy and satisfied. Exercise has also been shown to improve sleep quality, which is particularly important for seniors who suffer from sleep disturbances and insomnia.
3. Reduction of Fall Risks
Falls are more common in older adults, which can be dangerous for independence. Exercise increases strength and flexibility. It also helps improve balance and coordination. This reduces the chance of falling. Seniors are more likely to fall than younger people, so it is important to prevent them from happening.
A healthy balance of strength and conditioning along with flexibility is a great combination for an active aging program. You can create a customized program that meets these parameters by working with a personal trainer.
4. Bonding and Relationships
You can turn exercise into a social event by joining a walking club, attending group fitness classes, or visiting a gardening club. For older adults, it is vital to maintain strong social ties in order to avoid feeling lonely or depressed. The key is to find an exercise form you enjoy and that doesn't feel like a chore.
5. Improved Cognitive Function
Cognitive function is improved by regular physical activity and fine-tuned motor skills. Numerous studies have shown that people who are physically active have a lower chance of developing dementia, regardless of how they start a routine.
All of these benefits could be yours if you make exercise a priority in your life. Exercise has been proven to be beneficial for the elderly. It can prevent diseases, lower the chance of falling, improve mental health, well-being and strengthen social ties. It also improves cognitive function.
We hope that this motivates you, regardless of your age to include exercise in your daily life. If you’re ready to get started, get in touch with us.