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Healthy Aging: The Benefits of Exercise for Senior Citizens

There are a plethora of benefits to exercise for Senior Citizens. Regular workouts are one of the best things you can do for health and wellbeing. Activity improves mental and physical health. In addition, it reduces the risk of many illnesses and leads to longer, happier lives.

What exercises are best for Older Adults?

Regular physical activity is essential for Senior Citizens’ health and wellbeing. So, the best exercises are the ones you enjoy and stick with. The CDC recommends 150 minutes (spread throughout the week) of moderate aerobic activity such as water aerobics, brisk walking, or biking. Plus, Senior Citizens should also do strengthening at least two days per week. 

4 Benefits of Exercise for Senior Citizens

1. Longevity 

Being physically fit is associated with living a longer and improved quality of life. Working out regularly increases life expectancy by seven years compared to sedentary people. For example, a cardiology investigation found poor cardiorespiratory fitness was a significant mortality indicator. This is especially true for Older Adults with high blood pressure.  

2. Physical Fitness

When coupled with a healthy diet, physical activity helps maintain a healthy weight. It also strengthens muscles and balance for improved mobility. So, Senior Citizens who are physically fit are less likely to experience fall-related injuries. In addition, moderate exercise slows the loss of bone density associated with aging, boosts heart health, and increases oxygen.

3. Reduced Illness

One of the most notable benefits of exercise for Senior Citizens is reducing the risks and symptoms of many diseases. People who regularly work out see lower effects of:

  • Arthritis and rheumatic conditions
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Some cancers

4. Mental Health

Physical activity increases blood flow to the brain and it keeps you moving and learning. Regular exercise boosts cognitive function and reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety. Moving your body also boosts mood, relieves stress, and helps you sleep better.

Exercise for Health and Wellbeing 

It’s never too late to start exercising. Choose a type of workout that you love and stick with it. According to the CDC, “walking and gardening or yard work are, by far, the most popular physical activities” among adults over 65. Start small. Ease into new exercises, and don’t push yourself. Stop and rest if any movements hurt, but don’t give up. You’ll get better as your body gets used to the new routine.

Local Resources

The Hunterdon County Senior Center offers a variety of complimentary classes for members. You can attend both in-person and virtual programs. Pre-registration is required. 

At Anita’s Angels, Inc., we care about the health and wellbeing of our clients. Our CHHHAs can assist with home workouts as well as assist in getting your loved ones to an exercise class. We are Families Helping Families. Give us a call at 908-788-9390.

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