Encouraging Older Adults to Exercise | Executive Care of Stratford

Experts recommend that older adults get at least 2 1/2 hours of exercise each week, or just more than 20 minutes per day. Is your loved one getting enough?

There are a number of reasons why exercise is recommended—and many different benefits that regular exercise can provide. Read on as we take a look.

How Exercise Benefits Older Adults

It may be more difficult to find the motivation to exercise as we get older, but consider the numerous benefits of physical fitness:

Increase in energy. Exercise may zap your energy while you’re doing it, but regular physical activity helps boost overall energy.

Increase in mobility. As muscles and nerves get used regularly and grow stronger, day-to-day mobility becomes easier.

Lower blood pressure. Regularly exercising can help moderate blood pressure in any person, and has been shown as particularly effective in reducing symptoms among those with chronic hypertension.

Stronger immune system. Exercise provides a boost to overall immunity and makes it easier to fight off disease.

Decrease in falls. Regular exercise helps lower fall risk among older adults. Consider that one in three seniors falls each year, making falling a leading cause of injury and death. Exercise can help improve balance and reduce fall risk as a result.

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.

How Exercise Improves Mental Health

Physical benefits aren’t the only benefits exercise provides. Your cognitive and mental health also reap the benefits of physical activity:

Reduced stress. A small amount of stress can be beneficial, but too much can have dangerous effects on our health. Regular exercise helps the body better manage stress.

Improved mood. Exercise is a general mood enhancer and can lessen symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Improved focus. Exercise is a well-known deterrent to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, and it has also been shown to improve overall focus as well.

Enjoyable Activities for Older Adults

Your aging loved one’s doctor can best recommend specific exercises that may benefit him or her. But there are some exercises that many experts recommend for older adults:

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Pilates
  • Yoga

Encourage your loved one to choose a variety of activities, including those that get the heart pumping, those that improve balance, and those that build strength.

At Executive Care of Stratford, we work alongside you to be sure your loved one is staying healthy and fulfilled in every aspect of life. Get in touch today if you would like to learn more about our in-home services.