Research shows that there are many important health benefits associated with exercise—no matter what your age. For seniors, regular physical activity helps improve mental and physical health, both of which will help you maintain your independence as you age. Here are seven key health benefits to seniors participating in regular physical activity.
Helps manage body weight.
With age, our metabolism naturally slows. By adding regular physical activity to your routine, you can help increase metabolism, burn calories, build muscle mass and promote healthy weight loss.
Improves mental health.
When seniors exercise, their bodies produce endorphins, which are the hormones that make them feel good. This can help improve mood, combat depression and alleviate stress.
Boosts cognitive function.
Studies have shown that physical activity can increase blood flow to the brain, which can help preserve cognitive function, memory and concentration. Older adults who work out regularly have a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Regular physical activity makes you stronger. Not only does exercise build muscles, but it can also help increase bone strength, energy levels, balance and flexibility. All of these add up to decrease an older adult’s risk for a fall or debilitating injury. When seniors are strong and healthy, they are also more likely to maintain some level of independence as they age.
Group fitness classes like Zumba or walking club help create opportunities for seniors to connect with like-minded adults, form new friendships and combat loneliness. This sense of belonging and community support can have a significant impact on mental health and overall quality of life.
Promotes healthy sleep.
Staying active during the day helps promote good sleep at nighttime, which is crucial for overall health and vitality. By improving sleep quality, older adults can wake up feeling refreshed, energized and ready to embrace the day.
Reduces risk for health problems.
Studies show that working out lowers the prevalence of risk factors linked to heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoporosis. Regular physical activity also improves cardiovascular health by strengthening the heart and increasing blood circulation, reducing the risk of heart-related ailments.
An Active Lifestyle at Country Place Senior Living
It’s never too late to add physical activity to your life. No matter what your age or how long it has been since you exercised, living in a senior living community like Country Place makes it easier—and more fun—to maintain an active lifestyle. Here, residents of all capabilities have access to senior-friendly workout, valuable resources and trained staff to help you find an appropriate fitness routine that works for you.
To learn more about our vibrant community, or to schedule a tour, contact Country Place Senior Living today.