Exercise is essential at any age. It is associated with many benefits such as a healthier heart, flexibility, fun living, and stronger bones among others. But for seniors, it has many more additional benefits. Exercise can give you the energy to help maintain your independence as a senior and also help to keep in check the symptoms of any illnesses. Not only is it good for your body, it is great for your memory, mood and mind.
Here are examples of moderate intensity aerobic activities seniors commonly take part in:
- Water aerobics
- Doubles tennis
- Riding a bike
Exercise for social connections
For seniors, not maintaining social connections causes poor emotional health and even depression. A fitness class gives a chance to connect with other seniors. It provides an opportunity to catch up on the latest social news. Such occasions shared with others of the same interest gives a sense of belonging and a support system.
Exercise improves the mood
Exercise is nature’s mood enhancer. When one exercises, the body releases mood boosting endorphins that lessen the feelings of depression. Regular exercise acts as a mood booster and is great for those of all ages. If a senior suffers from mood swings or depression, having an exercise regime could help redirect any negative thoughts.
Exercise improves mobility and strengthens your bones
After the age of 40, bone density starts declining but the decline accelerates after 50. Seniors that sit around without exercise are more likely to suffer atrophied muscles, poor blood flow and unstable body balance among other physical problems. Following a strict exercise regime reduces the risk of osteoporosis and bone loss.
Increased mental capacity
Researchers have linked physical activity with slower mental decline. Exercise increases blood flow to all parts of the body including the brain and promotes cell growth in the brain. If one begins exercising in early adulthood and sticks to it, it can reduce the chance of getting dementia. Maintaining an exercise routine encourages mental health as well as improved cognitive functioning.
Disease prevention and Improved healing
Exercise is known to delay diseases that are associated with aging such as heart disease, stroke and colon cancer among others. Even those that start exercising after the age of 60 greatly reduce the risk of disease. Additionally, as one ages wounds and injuries take longer to heal. Advanced age tends to slow down wound healing thus raising the risk of infections. Regular exercises increase the wound healing process by up to 25%.
Daily exercise can be a self-reinforcing habit that is motivated by positive thinking. Forest Hill offers seniors the opportunity to stay fit with programs designed by a certified exercise physiologist. Set in a scenic location and combining the best of modern convenience as well as classic appeal, our retirement community guarantees opportunities for healthy exercising, healthy living, and healthy socialization. Schedule a tour today.