Six Reasons to Stay Active as a Senior

By Kelly Frossard – June 12, 2019
Brian Fitzsimmons

As we age, we tend to lose our basic functionality, strength, flexibility, and mobility. Not only that, but we can also start to feel a bit more lethargic as our energy levels dwindle. Luckily, there are a variety of exercises that can be performed to enhance our daily lives while aging, some of which can be performed at home. These Chair exercises for seniors can literally be implemented anywhere, while other full body exercises may need other environments, such as a pool for water aerobics. There are so many exciting workouts you can invite into your life and incorporating these workouts present a variety of benefits.

 Keep reading if you want to see why it’s so important to stay active as you age.

1.Mental Capacity

Physical activity is directly linked to sharper memory and thinking. The same endorphins that make you feel better also help you concentrate and feel mentally sharp for tasks at hand. Exercise encourages blood flow to the brain and stimulates the growth of new brain cells, which helps slow the process of mental decline. By encouraging seniors to stay active, you can encourage better mental health and improved cognitive function.

2. Strength and Mobility

Exercise improves muscle strength and bone density, which can be helpful in reducing the risk of falls as it can also improve balance.  Weight-bearing and flexibility exercises are said to be the best for senior citizens. Weight-bearing exercise helps to increase the bone density and reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis.  Flexibility and balance-centric exercises help the body learn how to react in order to prevent a fall, and how to fall the right way.

3. Blood Pressure

Exercise can help lower systolic blood pressure significantly through moderate-intensity activity, in order to improve overall health. Regular cardiovascular exercise, such as brisk walking, cycling or light housework – will raise heart rate and increase blood flow to the heart in order to boost overall health. Even breaking up exercise throughout the day into three bouts, for at least 10 minutes can create blood pressure lowering effects.

4. Functional Independence

Maintaining functional independence is something many older adults strive for. A regular exercise schedule of 30 minutes a day of strength and balance training can help seniors earn this independence. By being active, seniors can increase their balance, health, and safety in order to maintain an independent lifestyle.

5. Social engagement

Whether it’s participating in a group fitness class or joining a gym, exercise can easily be a social event.  It is important for aging adults to form and have strong social relationships. Studies show that seniors with strong relationships have lower levels of depression and anxiety, and have an improved quality of life.

6. Prevent Disease

Seniors that maintain regular physical activity have lower chances of experiencing diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.  As the immune system weakens with age, it is important for seniors to exercise in order to improve overall immune function.


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