Kicking back and relaxing may seem like the way to go as we get older, but regular exercise does the body good.

While physical activity benefits those of all ages, there are many benefits that seniors in particular can reap. Read on as we take a look!

What Are the Physical Benefits of Exercise?

Exercise may be the last thing on your loved one’s mind. But getting enough exercise offers many unique physical health-related benefits:

Increase in strength. Our mobility—or ability to move around—worsens as we get older. But exercising regularly can help limit that effect, maintaining mobility as best as possible.

Lower blood pressure. Physical activity is associated with normal blood pressure, and it’s also been tied to reduced symptoms among those who have chronic high blood pressure.

Stronger immune system. Exercise increases overall immunity and makes it easier to fight off disease.

Increase in energy. Exercise is known to increase blood flow and rid the body of stress hormones, leaving the body free to expend energy on other things.

Improvement in chronic conditions. Chronic health conditions are common among older adults, who often have at least one. Getting regular exercise can help diminish symptoms and improve overall health.

Decrease in falls. Seniors who exercise regularly are less likely to fall and injure themselves during routine activities.

What Are the Mental Benefits of Exercise?

While the physical benefits may be most obvious, there are plenty of benefits for our brain health and mental health, too:

Improved focus. Exercise lowers the risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, and also improves overall cognitive health.

Improved mood. The positive endorphins associated with exercise help boost mood and promote mental stability.

Reduced stress. Exercise removes stress hormones in the body. This is great for our mental well-being, as well as decreasing blood pressure and heart issues.

What Exercises Are Good for Seniors?

It’s important to always seek advice from a physician before beginning a fitness routine, but here are some exercises experts recommend for older adults:

  • Walking
  • Yoga
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Pilates

None of those strike your loved one’s fancy? That’s OK! The best exercise is the one your loved one will actually do! So encourage him or her to experiment until finding the perfect fit.

At Executive Care of Toms River, we work alongside you to be sure your loved one is staying healthy and fulfilled in all aspects of life. Get in touch today to learn about our in-home services.

Staying physically active is a crucial part of the aging process, but staying mentally active should be a goal as well. One of the greatest things we can do is keep our minds active.

How can you help your aging loved one keep his or her mind active? Check out some of the suggestions we have compiled in this blog.

Engaging Mental Activities for Your Aging Loved One

Here are some brain-approved activities:

  1. Reading. The Mayo Clinic found that reading books, in conjunction with other cognitive activities, can lead to a 50% decrease in the chances of developing dementia? That’s plenty of reason to keep your loved one actively reading.
  2. Playing an instrument. Recent studies have found that seniors experience improvements in areas of the brain that control hearing, memory and hand movement after just four months of playing an instrument for an hour a week.
  3. Writing. This can help stimulate the areas of the brain that deal with thinking, language and memory.
  4. Socializing. Maintaining a social life can help fight off isolation and depression, and it also has been found to heal aging brains and keep them young.
  5. Going back to school. With many colleges offering scholarships, tuition waivers or discounts for seniors, there’s no reason why the golden years can’t be added to by the occasional class.
  6. Doing puzzles and playing games. If it works the brain, it’s a great activity. It has been found that playing games can help prevent Alzheimer’s. Games and puzzles are also excellent for socializing with family and friends.
  7. Exercising. Not only does this help the body physically, but it can also help the brain combat the effects of aging.

Lifestyle Changes That Can Boost Memory

Memory is something that can fade with age, but that doesn’t have to be the case. There are ways that memory can be strengthened, no matter a person’s age.

Some small lifestyle changes to diet and sleep have been shown to make quite a big difference for memory.

Not getting the right amount of sleep can leave the brain feeling “foggy,” as it does not allow for enough time to consolidate memory at night. The recommended amount of sleep (seven to nine hours) is what our brains need, too.

Boosting the intake of cruciferous vegetables, berries and cherries, omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts, and eggs can also benefit the brain and memory.

Making sure the mind stays active is essential in the golden years. Executive Care of Toms River has in-home care providers that can help make sure to keep your loved one active—both mentally and physically.

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