How Exercise Can Benefit Older Adults | Executive Care of Avon Lake

A regular exercise routine is healthy for any age group, but because of a plethora of benefits, it is especially beneficial to seniors.

Regular exercise can help your loved ones live a happier and more fulfilled life as they age, and can also provide a host of positive physical and mental changes.

The Physical Benefits of Regular Exercise for Seniors

While aging can make it harder to find motivation, it is never too late to take advantage of the numerous benefits of physical fitness:

Increase in strength. Muscles and nerves get stronger with regular use, making day-to-day mobility easier.
Increase in energy. Exercise is known to increase blood flow and rid the body of stress hormones, leaving the body free to expend energy on other things.
Stronger immune system. Exercise increases overall immunity and makes it easier to fight off disease.
Decrease in falls. Seniors who exercise regularly are less likely to fall and injure themselves during routine activities.
Improvement in chronic conditions. Many who suffer from chronic illnesses, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and mental health issues find their symptoms to be more manageable after implementing a regular exercise routine.
Lower blood pressure. Not only can exercise lower blood pressure for everyone, but it can also help those with chronic hypertension experience fewer symptoms.

The Psychological Benefits of Regular Exercise for Seniors

The physical benefits are abundant, but exercise offers key psychological benefits as well:

Improved mood. Exercise is a general mood enhancer and can lessen symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Improved focus. Not only is exercise a well-known deterrent to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, but it can also improve overall focus as well.
Reduced stress. Exercise removes stress hormones in the body. This is great for our mental well-being, as well as decreasing blood pressure and heart issues.

Exercises Great for Seniors

Always check with a doctor before beginning a fitness routine, but here are some exercises experts recommend for older adults:

  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Walking
  • Cycling

In addition to these specific exercises, any exercise that promotes balance is especially beneficial for lowering fall risks in older adults. By finding the right workouts and experiencing the benefits firsthand, your senior loved one will be a fitness fan in no time!

At Executive Care of Avon Lake, we work alongside you to be sure your loved one is staying healthy and fulfilled in all aspects of life. Get in touch today to learn how our in-home services work.