Everybody knows that exercise is good for you – but does physical fitness remain beneficial even into old age? According to the medical community, the answer is a resounding yes. For the majority of individuals over 65, some regular physical activity comes with significant physical, mental, and emotional health benefits.
This does not mean that every senior needs to be running marathons, and finding age-appropriate forms of exercise is important. Making this effort can yield significant benefits, though. Here are just a few of them:
- Improved immune functioning. Regular exercise provides the body with the energy and strength it needs to fight off disease, and to rebound from illness more quickly.
- Improved cardiovascular functioning. Regular fitness can help ward off heart disease, regulate the blood pressure, and relive hypertension.
- Increased bone density. Exercise increases bone density, which means it lessens the risk of osteoporosis.
- Improved gastrointestinal health. A better metabolism and easier digestion are just two benefits that regular physical activity can bring.
- Enhanced cognitive functioning. Exercise isn’t just good for the body; it’s good for the mind, too, and has even been shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
- Elevated mood. Physical activity just makes you feel good, too, and can be a powerful way to relieve anxiety and depression.
Again, it is important to acknowledge the need for senior-appropriate exercise—which might include aerobics, walking, cycling, or even yoga. Here at CountryHouse, age-appropriate exercise is a key part of our activity calendar, and indeed, physicality is built into the LifeCycles wellness program. We take the wellbeing of residents seriously, which means we encourage exercise for those who are able.
Learn more about LifeCycles today; contact CountryHouse and ask about our approach to senior fitness and wellness.
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