There are a lot of benefits of exercising for everyone, especially seniors. Be it walking, swimming, yoga, weight lifting, whichever one, the benefits for seniors are great! Bestland is well equipped to help!
Should Seniors Exercise?
Exercise can benefit people in all areas of life. Though, many seniors believe it is not safe to exercise. However, no matter how old, it’s still recommended. Seniors should definitely exercise, as there are a lot of benefits to be drawn from it. It’s always important to stay healthy and proactive, exercise is a great stepping stone to achieving just that. We at Bestland will do everything we can to help you get the physical activity you need! There’s a ton of benefits to draw from a frequent physical activity. Sure, in the beginning, it may seem difficult. However, once you get into the mix of sticking to a process which you like, the health benefits will be grand!
Benefits of regular exercise
Sticking to a regular exercise schedule can help prevent the formulation of pains, and chronic diseases. Frequent exercising has also been proven to improve one’s overall mood and reduce the chances of injury when doing everyday routines.
As an individual gets older, the body requires more time to repair itself. Senior citizens are especially prone to injury and health ailments. However, frequent exercise can help reduce these risks and produce a great improvement in overall life. Though exercising may be difficult and annoying, the benefits outweigh the risks on many levels. Did you know that frequent physical activity such as walking, yoga, and stretching can help reduce the risks of Alzheimer’s, dementia, heart disease, respiratory failure, and some cancers?
Improvements from exercises that seniors can expect.
- Exercising frequently can improve overall immune system functionality. A strong immune system is more capable of fighting off sicknesses and infections. Moderate exercise will improve one’s body and internal systems over time, decrease the effectiveness of new illnesses
- Frequently exercising can lower the risk of heart disease, by improving overall blood pressure. Hyperextension can also be prevented.
- It’s been proven to improve overall metabolism, gastrointestinal functions, and promote digestive health
Now that we’ve covered the benefits of exercises let’s take a look at the different types of exercises senior citizens can do
- Physicians recommend that senior citizens get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. However, it’s alright if you can get at least ten. It’s important to not strain yourself too much in fitness.
- Cycling is a great exercise to improve cardiovascular exercise for seniors.
- Swimming is a perfect way to improve overall physique, muscle mass, and bone density.
- Walking, or light jogging is perfect for respiratory functions and endurance.
- After frequently doing endurance exercises, seniors will notice an overall improvement in energy levels as well as increased efficiency in everyday tasks. Seniors will also be stricken with fatigue less often.
- Lightweight exercises, resistance band exercises are perfect for senior citizens.
- Pushups, sit-ups, crunches, are fantastic for improving overall health and should be done at least two to three times a week. You will love the improvements in weightlifting and basic exercising.
- Doctors recommend stretching and flexibility exercises for senior citizens in order to improve overall muscle flexibility, prevent injuries, reduce soreness, stiffness, and fatigue, as well as to improve resistance to acute pains. Yoga and Pilates are wonderful flexibility and stretching exercises that are easy for seniors to do!
- Strength exercises will make it easier for seniors to carry out everyday tasks, like carrying bags, groceries, and parcels.
- Balance exercises and stretching help improve balance and movement speed.
- Flexibility and stretching exercises will make it easier for you to bend down, as well as make it easier to pick up things from the floor, clean your home, and garden!
Now that you have gotten familiar with a some of the exercises and benefits you can draw from a physical schedule. We would like you to know that at Bestland Senior Living Community, we are fully capable of providing you with the best, top of the line, exercise equipment, group interaction, and overall fun physical activities.
It’s wise to stick to an exercise schedule that you are comfortable with. It’s up to personal preference to decide which specific physical activity you will enjoy the most. After all, regular physical activities are an excellent way to improve one’s overall mood, physical, and mental health, it’s also a great hobby to pick up for socialization purposes. Remember to not strain yourself too hard when doing physical exercises. Consistency is much more important than the overall intensity of exercising. Stick to an adequate schedule, get those crunches, pull-ups, yoga, sit-ups, cycling into your daily routine and you will be on your way to improving your overall health and stability!