The Benefits of Exercise Specific to Older Adults | Executive Care of Montgomery County

 

When it comes to healthy living, people often talk about regular exercise and a healthy diet. Both are important components. But have you ever considered all the benefits that exercise can offer—especially for older adults?

Exercise: The Physical Benefits for Seniors

While it can sometimes be hard to motivate yourself for a workout, consider that there are many different benefits of physical fitness:

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. Many who suffer from chronic illnesses, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and mental health issues find their symptoms to be more manageable after implementing a regular exercise routine.

Lower blood pressure. Regular physical activity promotes healthy blood pressure. This is true for those with normal blood pressure, but it’s also the case among those who have chronic high blood pressure.

Stronger immune system. Exercise increases overall immunity and makes it easier to fight off disease.

Decrease in falls. Fall risk is high among older adults, for many different reasons. But regular physical activity, including balance exercises, can help limit the risk and make falling less likely.

Increase in strength. Muscles and nerves get stronger with regular use, making day-to-day mobility easier.

Exercise: The Psychological Benefits for Seniors

There are a ton of physical benefits related to exercise, but exercise is also beneficial to the brain and our mental health:

Improved focus. Physical activity helps lower a person’s risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, and it’s also been shown to improve overall cognitive health.

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 Especially Beneficial for Seniors

Before your loved one begins a new exercise routine, he or she should check in with a doctor. But there are a number of exercises experts recommend for older adults, including:

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Swimming

Beyond these specific exercises, anything that promotes balance is a good option! As we mentioned earlier, fall risk is high among seniors, so exercises that promote good balance are a definite benefit.

At Executive Care of Montgomery County, we work alongside you to be sure your loved one is staying healthy and fulfilled in all aspects of life. Get in touch today to learn how our in-home services work.

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