It’s easy for seniors to neglect certain aspects of their health over the years. In particular, many seniors stop exercising once they reach a certain age. However, being physically active is incredibly important for our health, and seniors in particular have a lot to gain from prioritizing exercise. Unfortunately, most of the elderly aren’t: it is estimated that around 70 percent of seniors are sedentary for over eight hours a day. Fortunately, there are a variety of activities seniors can begin to incorporate into their routine today, even if it is just taking a walk to start. In this blog, we will go over the ways that seniors can benefit from an exercise routine.
Better Immune System
As we get older, our immune systems have to work harder in order to fight off infection. Seniors can keep their immune systems in better working order by incorporating exercise into their routines. Recovery from an illness doesn’t take as much energy when a person is physically fit because it is much easier for the body to fight it.
Better Health and Lung Health
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. This is why it is so important for us to prioritize our cardiovascular health. Physical activity is an integral part of the function of our hearts and blood vessels. Regularly exercising reduces blood pressure and lowers the risk of heart disease.
In addition, exercise helps promote strong lungs and airways, allowing the body to function more efficiently to clear out bacteria and infection that makes us ill. For better respiratory health, seniors should prioritize aerobic exercise.
Bone loss is a major problem for seniors, particularly among women. Exercise protects against bone loss. Essentially, but our bones have higher density, they are less susceptible to osteoporosis and falls. Given how devastating falls can be to seniors, it is best if their bones are healthy enough to be able to withstand this unfortunate event. Strength training is particularly advantageous for building bone density, so seniors should incorporate strength training into their exercise routines.
Regular exercise is helpful for the digestive system as well. Not only does it boost the metabolism, it promotes waste elimination and helps foster the gut bacteria that is integral to digestive health. If seniors have difficulty with constipation, exercise may help to treat this issue.
Chronic Condition Prevention
As we age, we are at higher risk for a variety of serious chronic conditions, such as dementia or Parkinson’s disease. Exercise can act as a protective measure against these issues. Even if a senior already has these issues, it can help them manage their symptoms. For example, for Parkinson’s patients, exercise can help with balance and coordination.
In order to fully reap the benefits of exercise, seniors should prioritize being active every day and exercising at least three times a week. At Gulf Shore Private Home Care, we care about the well-being of our clients. If you’re looking for private home care in Naples, contact us!