Exercise has been a great therapy in keeping the body functional. Not only does it strengthen muscles, it also has a surplus of health benefits. Seniors particularly need to exercise to keep their bodies in good shape as they age. Exercise is essential for maintaining mobility in seniors as failure to exercise can result in social, psychological, and physical challenges. Research points to numerous benefits of exercise to the human body. This article will highlight some of the benefits of exercise as well as explore 6 exercises that seniors can do to improve mobility. You must consult with your doctor to see if the exercises that will be discussed are appropriate for you.
Here are some of the primary benefits of exercise:
Improves mood: If you are feeling low and need a healthy emotion boost, then tap into some exercise. How does it work? Physical activity causes the release of chemicals in the brain that increase the production of hormones that make you happy and relaxed, especially after a long and tiring day.
Enhances sleep: Who doesn't love a good night’s rest? The relaxation that accompanies a night’s worth of sleep is incomparable. It gives you the energy you need to start your day. Exercise can assist you with achieving this. It can make you fall asleep faster and help you to get adequate rest. Wait a bit! Don't exercise too close to bedtime as you may have a hard time falling asleep as your energy level may be too high for you to sleep.
Helps to fight various health problems: Seniors are usually affected by numerous conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, metabolic issues as well as arthritis and other health problems. When you exercise, you increase your overall health.
Keeps your brain functioning: Science has proven that exercise has a surplus of benefits for the brain. A healthy body usually results in a healthy mind. Exercise can improve cognitive function in seniors. It is also said that it helps to reduce Alzheimer’s and dementia by 50%. Amazing right? It certainly is!
First on our list is walking. This is one of the easiest exercises for seniors however, at times you may experience challenges due to illness and old age. Depending on your health challenge, you can walk certain distances. If you have mobility challenges, you can consult with your doctor to determine the distance you can walk at a time. Once your doctor approves, you can start walking short distances then gradually increase with time. Walking helps to improve cardiovascular function and reduce the risk of certain cancers.
You can get your favorite music on your playlist and walk in the early mornings. If possible, you can get someone to join you. If you get tired, feel free to switch to your mobility scooter to ease fatigue. Ensure that the areas you walk are free from things that can cause falls.
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