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5 Mental and Physical Benefits of Exercising for Seniors

Posted by Michael Watson on Nov 6, 2018 2:01:00 PM

Two seniors side by side doing crunches indoors

Seniors who enjoy exercising to stay in shape will also enjoy numerous health benefits. Too many men and women believe that they don't need to exercise after a certain age, but studies have shown that regular exercise has amazing benefits to our brains. So before you or your loved one spends their golden years on the couch, read on for some of the biggest benefits to exercise.

1. Weight Loss

Millions of seniors still struggle with weight gain, especially when so many prescription drugs have this specific side effect. Exercise will help keep you fit and feeling better about yourself in no time.

2. Increased Memory

There have been studies that concluded that the part of your brain that controls your memory has more volume in men and women who exercise versus the ones who do not. That means that even just moderate exercise, such as walking, can help boost your memory powers.

3. Lowers Depression

Exercise is well-known to increase endorphins, which can, in turn, increase our mood and spirit. Seniors often struggle with feelings of depression, anxiety, and stress. So getting in a regular exercise routine will help alleviate many of these concerns.

4. Increases Balance

As seniors age, their balance often becomes unstable. While this is a typical response to age, it can cause slips and falls, leading to bigger issues such as broken bones. Regular workouts that include lots of stretching and balancing exercises will help seniors develop their balance and become stronger and less likely to experience an accident.  

5. Social Activity

It isn't uncommon for seniors to become socially inactive as they age. Getting in a workout at a gym, in a class, or even outside with a friend or family member will help them maintain friendships and social activity.

If you or someone you love is in need of a caring, professional caregiver, please don't hesitate to contact us today. We are here to help. And for more ideas on senior exercises, check out our infographic on exercises to improve balance

Michael Watson Blog Author

Topics: Senior Fitness, Senior Health

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