As people age, exercising can become more difficult, time-consuming, and at times, frustrating. While working out is not the easiest thing for seniors to do, it does provide a variety of health benefits that are worth taking a second look at.
Silver Comet Village values exercise and wants to educate residents on the importance of staying active. Here are three benefits of exercising to help promote a healthy lifestyle! Be sure to speak with a physician before implementing any exercise plan into a loved one’s routine.
1. Weight Loss
One of the most common benefits of regular exercise is maintaining a healthy body weight. Adults that exercise burn more calories than adults who don’t, which causes the body to use fat reserves that provide energy for the body. When fat reserves are used, the body naturally loses weight.
Exercise has also been shown to improve metabolism, which plays a significant role in the number of calories that your body burns on a regular basis. If your loved one has a slow metabolism, it’s possible that exercise could improve it and help them lose unhealthy weight.
It’s recommended for seniors to actively exercise for at least 20 minutes per day. Exercising in short intervals can help reduce fatigue and can help to keep your loved one’s heart rate elevated.
2. Mood Improvement
Exercising has also been shown to have a positive effect on your loved one’s mood. People have exercised to reduce stress and anxiety for many years, and it’s known for being an excellent solution for improving mood.
When someone exercises, their body creates serotonin, which is known to regulate mood and appetite. When additional serotonin is produced in the body, it can improve mood and reduce feelings of anxiety here are also a variety of other positive reactions in the brain that can help improve focus, improve sleep, and reduce chemicals that can worsen feelings of depression.
While exercise is an excellent method for battling a bad mood, it’s also a good idea to have your loved one speak to a professional if they are experiencing consistent, negative feelings. Be sure to pair regular exercise with professional attention to give your loved one the care they need.
3. Reduce Health Risks
Certain health risks are unavoidable, but many of them can be prevented by performing exercise frequently. When your loved one exercises, it helps their body strengthens muscles, improve balance, and improve immune health. Many diseases and severe health conditions can be avoided by living a life of activity.
Heart disease is a prevalent condition that many seniors struggle with. According to Health.com, “A study of more than 44,000 men found that even moderate exercise can shield against heart disease. Compared with men who got little or no exercise, those who walked briskly for at least 30 minutes each day were about 20% less likely to develop heart disease.” Exercise has also been shown to aid in preventing other health conditions like diabetes and certain types of cancer.
While exercise may not be the solution to every health problem, it does provide a solution to many health problems that seniors may face on a daily basis. Don’t let your loved one get discouraged if they don’t see results immediately, as ‘the benefits of exercise are best seen in the long-term.’ Encourage your loved one to be consistent and maintain a healthy exercise schedule to help them start living their best life today!
To learn more about Silver Comet Village and the activities we offer to promote an active lifestyle for our residents, please visit our website today!