Can Older Adults Benefit From Exercise? | Executive Care of Great Neck
When it comes to living a healthy life, regular exercise is a key component. And while anyone can benefit from getting plenty of physical activity, it offers a unique set of benefits for older adults.
The Physical Benefits for Seniors
Have you ever really thought about all the benefits physical fitness can offer seniors? Benefits include:
Increase in strength. As muscles and nerves get used regularly and grow stronger, day-to-day mobility becomes easier.
Increase in energy. Exercise is known to increase blood flow and rid the body of stress hormones, leaving the body free to expend energy on other things.
Improvement in chronic conditions. Seniors are more likely to experience chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. Regular exercise can help reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.
Lower blood pressure. Regular physical activity can help lower blood pressure for anyone, but it shows specific benefits in lowering blood pressure among those with chronic hypertension.
Stronger immune system. Exercise increases overall immunity and makes it easier to fight off disease.
Decrease in falls. Seniors who exercise regularly are less likely to fall and injure themselves during routine activities.
The Psychological Benefits for Seniors
While there are many physical benefits to regular physical activity, exercise also promotes cognitive and mental health:
Improved focus. Physical activity has been shown to decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia—and it’s also beneficial for boosting brain function overall.
Reduced stress. Exercise removes stress hormones in the body. This is great for our mental well-being, as well as decreasing blood pressure and heart issues.
Improved mood. Exercise is a general mood enhancer and can lessen symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Exercises Beneficial for Seniors
While any type of physical activity is beneficial, there are a number of exercises experts recommend specifically for older adults:
It’s a good idea to incorporate a combination of exercises, including workouts that boost the heart as well as those that promote balance and strength-training.
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