Can Your Loved One Benefit From Exercise? | Executive Care of Hackensack

Experts encourage members of any age group to engage in regular exercise, but because of a plethora of benefits, it is especially beneficial for seniors.

Encouraging your loved ones to develop an exercise routine can help them live a happier and more fulfilled life as they age, while also providing a host of positive physical and mental changes.

How Exercising Can Benefit Your Loved One

It can become harder to find motivation as we age, but it is never too late to take advantage of the numerous benefits of physical fitness:

Increase in mobility. As muscles and nerves get used regularly and grow stronger, day-to-day mobility becomes 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 provides a boost to 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 Exercising

Not only are there key physical benefits to exercise, but there are plenty of psychological benefits as well:

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.

Reduced stress. Exercise decreases stress hormones in the body. This is great for our mental well-being, as well as decreasing blood pressure and overall heart issues.

Exercises Seniors Will Love

Always check with a doctor before beginning an exercise regimen, but here are some exercises experts recommend for older adults:

  • Walking
  • Yoga
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Pilates

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 fan of fitness in no time!

At Executive Care of Hackensack, 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.