It is a well-known fact that exercise is good for people of all ages. It is beneficial to both physical and emotional health, and for senior citizens, it – along with a healthy diet – is essential in helping to maintain independence and reduce the chances of chronic disease and illness. The Centers for Disease Control recommend that older adults need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week. Here are some reasons why this type of exercise is important:
You’ll sleep better
Believe it or not, getting a good amount of weekly exercise will make you sleep better. The National Sleep Foundation conducted a study that found people who exercised at least 150 minutes each week experienced a 65% improvement in the quality of their sleep.
You’ll think better
Apart from the obvious, physical benefit of regular exercise there are also cognitive benefits as well. Exercise requires you to use your brain – whether you are out walking and taking in the world around you or playing with your grandkids at the park – which keeps it active and healthy. Whenever you are using your brain, you are helping to keep memory loss and dementia at bay. It’ll also put you in a better mood!
You’ll get around easier
The older we get, the more our bodies weaken. It is a natural process that can be slowed by getting regular exercise. Keeping our core strength will improve posture and lead to less slouching, greater ﬂexibility, and improved balance and coordination. All of these things also help to reduce the risk of falling or other injury that is so common for seniors in their homes.
To see how Primrose helps our residents maintain their physical health, feel free to reach us any time at www.primroseretirement.com. We would be honored to answer any of your questions.