The Benefits of Staying Active as You Age
Taking care of yourself into your adult years means more than going to the doctor and eating right. In order to stay healthy and mobile, seniors should exercise on a consistent basis. Regular physical activity also makes it easier for seniors to live independently as they age. Physical activity offers a wealth of other benefits for seniors.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
As we age, our metabolism slows down, which can make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight. Regular exercise helps increase your metabolism, burn calories and build muscle mass. Not only will you look better, but it will keep the weight down to make you healthier. Consider taking a brisk walk when it's cool outside or grab a bike and a few friends and go for a spin.
Fights Sleep Problems
According to the American Academy of Sleep, approximately 30 percent of all adults suffer from some degree of insomnia. Exercise makes the body less tired during the day so you will be less likely to need naps. Also, exercise makes it more possible to sleep deeper and to wake feeling refreshed and energized.
Boosts Your Mood
Exercise releases endorphins, which is the body's natural mood booster. Exercise can help reduce stress and feelings of sadness and depression and make you feel less anxious. Staying active can also make you feel more confident, which may make it easier to socialize with others.
Prevents or Delays Diseases
Lack of exercise can make chronic conditions like arthritis worse, but regular physical activity can help you look and feel better. Staying active may make it easier to stay on your feet for longer. It can also control the symptoms of diabetes and lower your risk for heart attack and heart disease. Senior citizens who exercise tend to have stronger immune systems to help fight off colds, the flu and other bacterial or viral infections.
Enhances Balance and Mobility
Exercise makes you stronger, which can improve your strength, posture and flexibility. This can improve your balance, reduce your risk of falls and serious injury and improve your coordination.
At Park Regency Thornton, we have a variety of exercise programs to choose from, and we offer regular health assessments to ensure you are receiving the proper nutrition and taking care of any additional physical needs. Just 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity is enough to reap the benefits.
Posted on Tue, September 17, 2019
by Shawn Deane