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How Can Older Adults Benefit From Exercise? | Executive Care of North Dallas

It is wise to get in the habit of regular exercise at any age, but it’s a habit that’s especially beneficial for seniors, for a variety of reasons.

Having a hard time motivating a loved one to get regular exercise? Point out a few of these reasons for getting active!

The Physical Benefits for Seniors Who Exercise

As we get older, it may become more difficult to feel like exercising, but there are so many benefits of physical fitness:

Improvement in chronic conditions. Seniors often experience chronic health conditions, and regular exercise can help limit or minimize symptoms. Lower blood pressure. Not only can exercise lower blood pressure for everyone, but it can also help those with chronic hypertension experience fewer symptoms.
Stronger immune system. Exercise provides a boost to a person’s immunity, making it easier to fight off disease.
Increase in strength. Regular exercise improves muscle strength, which can make everyday mobility much 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.
Decrease in falls. Particularly when balance exercises are involved, seniors will benefit from a decreased risk of falling.

The Psychological Benefits for Seniors Who Exercise

But exercise doesn’t only benefit us physically, it also offers mental benefits:

Improved focus. Exercise helps lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and can also improve overall focus.
Improved mood. Exercise is a general mood enhancer and can lessen symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Reduced stress. A small amount of stress is beneficial, but too much stress can be harmful for health. Exercise helps keep stress manageable.

Exercises Experts Recommend for Seniors

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

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  • Pilates

In addition to these specific exercises, any exercise that promotes balance is especially beneficial for lowering fall risk in older adults. No specific exercise is required—so find some type of movement that your loved one enjoys!

At Executive Care of North Dallas, 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.


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