You might have heard or seen this many times. Regular exercise and physical activity are extremely beneficial for anyone, especially for aging adults. Seniors should try to incorporate some form of fitness routine into their day-to-day life. Many research has pointed to the essential health benefits associated with regular exercise, and its importance grows with increasing age. Frequent exercise can support the improvement of one’s physical and mental well-being, which ultimately helps to maintain the independence of older adults. Here are the most common physical health benefits of exercising for your aging loved one.
Mitigates Development of Diseases
Research has proven that protracted physical activity can aid in preventing the development of many serious diseases like diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and heart disease. Even with a current chronic condition, exercise can help to minimize the effects and the symptoms significantly.
It also enhances the overall immune system of the body, which is essential for older adults with a compromised immunity attributed to certain conditions or medications. It is widely reported by scientists that the anti-inflammatory benefits from engaging in physical activities can improve immune function. Even doing a simple and light activity like strolling and slow jogging can be an extremely effective tool in mitigating the development of diseases.
Prevents Bone Loss
It’s common for people of all gender and ages to start losing bone density when they reach a certain age. In fact, women can lose up to 2% every year after the onset of menopause. Strength training can actually restore bone density and cancel out the loss. With increased bone density, the bones become stronger, leading to reduced occurrence of falls and lower instances of fractures.
Relieves Osteoarthritis Pain
It might seem oxymoronic that moving more can help reduce the pain and swelling resulting from arthritis, but there are arthritis-friendly exercises that can aid in easing the pressure off aching joints or strengthening the muscles involved. These exercises can include strength training, range-of-motion exercises, and low-impact cardiovascular activities. Regular physical activity can also alleviate the inflammation of joints by promoting lubrication between affected joints.
Improve Mobility, Balance, And Flexibility
It is also proven that older adults who regularly exercise boost all aspects of their posture, strength as well as flexibility. As such, their balance and coordination can be improved thus lowering the likelihood of accidents and falls. Since older adults face a higher risk of falling which could pose a serious threat to maintaining their independence after. As age increases, it takes much longer for the body to recover from accidents so it’s key to try to avoid any falls or accidents if possible.
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