Whenever someone mentions exercise, jogging or working out in the gym comes to mind. However, these exercises definitely aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, especially if you are growing older and are frequently experiencing body aches. After all, if you aren’t pursuing a toned body to attract a partner anymore, what is the point of working out at the gym?
Although we no longer hit the gym as older adults, we still need to get in some form of exercise! There are actually many benefits when we increase our levels of physical activity and try out new ways of doing exercise. Whether it is going all out and joining a marathon, a yoga practice at the start of the day, or just social dancing with your favourite group of friends, physical mobility has been shown to improve many aspects of senior living. Here are some benefits of increased physical activity for seniors; we hope these reasons will motivate you to start exercising. It’s time to get moving!
One of the biggest worries as a senior is developing a medical condition or catching a disease. Exercise has been proven to improve our overall immune function which is extremely crucial in seniors, many of whom already have a compromised immune system. Studies have been conducted that even light activities like walking, can impact preventable diseases management for common diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
Feel and Rest Better
Exercising produces endorphins, which is commonly known as the ‘feel good hormone’. These hormones increase feelings of happiness while also relieving stress and other negative emotions. Additionally, exercising also allows you to rest and eat better by improving your sleep quality as well as increasing your appetite. All these combined works together to create a positive state of mind that is important for a better quality of life.
Lowered Risk of Falls
Exercise is important for seniors to build coordination and balance, as well as strength, flexibility and even muscle memory. This is important not just to maintain independence and mobility, but also good for seniors who are more susceptible to falls.
Many people start to exercise by either joining a hobby group or arranging a session with friends. In many cases, even if you exercise alone, it would be either in a gym or park where you will come in contact with other people. Do you know that just by being in the presence of like-minded people enjoying activities in the same area, you can decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation? Being around people is also key to forming new social ties. More importantly, being motivated to join different group activities allows you to learn skills that can give you a greater sense of purpose and more reason to look forward to each day.
Studies have shown that by exercising more and having a daily physical routine, older adults can lower their risk of dementia. Also, by participating in activities that improve motor skills, seniors can also improve their cognitive function to deter further cognitive decline.
Here at Rittenhouse Village At Muhlenberg, we understand the importance of physical movement and its impact on seniors. This is why we have designed Dimensions Health & Wellness as one of the key exclusive senior living programs that we offer in our senior living community. Whether you are a complete amateur or an expert when it comes to exercise, we offer many programs and fun activities to keep you active and entertained. For more information about our senior living options and programs, contact us today!