Benefits Of Exercise For Seniors
It’s been common knowledge for decades now that regular exercise, when paired with a responsible diet, is really the only way to assure long-term health and wellness. Exercise isn’t always fun in the moment, but always leaves you feeling fantastic for the rest of the day. And if you can make it part of your normal routine, you’ll reap the rewards for the rest of your life. This is never more true than for seniors. The elderly can experience a massive improvement in quality of life even by adding just a small amount of exercise, and can also reverse some of the most upsetting characteristics often associated with older age.
Yet according to the AARP, fully 40% of all people between the ages of forty-five and sixty-four lead sedentary lifestyles. And for those above age sixty-four, it leaps to more than 60%. Some researchers think that may be due to people’s fears that they could more easily get hurt when exercising. But it doesn’t take very much to experience a wide range of benefits. Seniors who don’t regularly exercise should consider adding even a moderate amount of physical activity. It doesn’t have to be constant or strenuous, and if you feel pain or discomfort, you can stop at any time. But just a bit of daily exercise will help all over life, and perhaps in some unexpected ways.
Just a little bit of exercise can actually help seniors prevent many of the most common diseases often connected with the aging process, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and color cancer. The National Institute of Aging has declared that exercise can basically keep you out of the hospital, and prolong your life significantly. This can also be seen in healing capacity. Injuries naturally take longer to heal as you age, but keeping up a routine of consistent exercise can help you heal from wounds or injuries as much as 25% faster. That’s a huge difference.
Exercise can also help seniors improve their quality of life overall. Exercise slows down the speed of mental decline, staving off Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Regular activity gets blood flowing all over the body, and increases blood and oxygen flow to the brain, potentially even promoting new cell growth. If you want to keep your mental acuity late in life, bolster your chances by keeping active. Exercise has also been shown to improve a person’s outlook and general psychology, leading to a more positive view of the world. It can increase balancing skills, which will help you avoid those painful and potentially very dangerous broken hips or joint injuries. And exercise can even increase your overall life expectancy. According to studies by the Center for Disease Control, life expectancy was increased for anyone who exercised, even if the activity was only moderately strenuous.
The thing to really keep in mind is that it is never too late to start exercising. Don’t pin all your hopes on your health insurance to take care of your in your latter years, not when your best bet for long-term physical, mental and psychological wellness is yours to control. A little bit of exercise goes a long way, so start with a daily walk and see where it takes you.