How Does Exercise Benefit Seniors? | Executive Care of Toms River

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.