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10 Benefits of Exercise For Seniors

  Posted: Jan 03, 2020

  Category: health and wellness

We know physical activity and exercise are good for you, but they become more and more imperative with age. According to the National Institute for Ageing, exercise is good for people of any age and can ease symptoms of many chronic conditions. And contrary to popular belief, weakness and poor balance are actually linked to inactivity, rather than age.
There’s no need to develop a complex regimen, but adding in some light exercise routinely will help not just help physically, but mentally as well.

Here are 10 benefits of exercise for seniors:

  1. Shortens healing and improves function – Exercise helps decrease the time it takes for a wound to heal. Strong and healthy bodies can better fight off infection and recover easier from illness.
  2. Longer life – According to the World Health Organization, a sedentary lifestyle is a leading cause of death and disability. Light exercise can increase the lifespan three to five years.
  3. Prevents falls – Improving muscle strength and bone density helps restore balance and coordination, which are typically the causes of most falls.
  4. Improves GI function – Physical activity helps boost metabolism and improves digestive health. People who suffer from slow digestion or constipation would benefit greatly.
  5. Contributes to a healthy heart – Exercise has been linked to reducing high cholesterol, the contributor to heart disease and stroke.
  6. Improves bone density – Light strength training reduces the risk of bone loss and the development of osteoporosis, arthritis, and fractures.
  7. Protects against dementia – Being sedentary puts you at risk for developing dementia. Exercise helps individuals improve their motor skills and cognitive function, which helps reduce the risk or the symptoms of dementia.
  8. Supports better sleep – Exercise has been linked to better sleep, which is important for seniors who suffer from insomnia or disrupted sleep patterns.
  9. Provides support and engagement – Building social connections through exercise classes improves quality of life and helps avoid feelings of loneliness and depression.
  10. Keeps you happy – Exercise produces endorphins ("the feel good" hormone), which acts as a stress reliever and leaves you feeling satisfied and happy.

Start Exercising with Liberty Rehab 

Liberty Rehab offers complimentary senior wellness classes at two of its locations. Seniors looking to stay fit after physical therapy or those just wanting to stay active can choose from a variety of classes. Check the exercise schedule for more details.