Seniors often blow off the thought of exercising because they don't believe that it has any benefit to them. However, this is the furthest from the truth. As seniors age, they need to keep exercising to battle health problems, stay limber, and keep their weight at a healthy number. Here are some of the many benefits to exercising that many seniors should be aware of.
Better Cognitive Functioning
Seniors who exercise on a regular basis will notice an increase in their cognitive functioning. For the brain to maintain typical cognitive function, it must receive oxygen on a continual basis. Physical exercise provides a great deal of the oxygen it needs. Exercise is shown to help seniors access their memories easier and aids in many problem-solving skills.
Physical activity has been shown to help decrease depression in seniors. Getting out of the house and socializing has a great effect on a person who is depressed. Additionally, the actual release of the feel-good endorphins that occurs with exercise is shown to help lower depression in seniors.
Seniors who exercise regularly will start to feel better about themselves, physically and mentally. This helps boost their self-confidence, an issue that seniors often face. Their mood will also increase as they become stronger and faster.
Prescription medications are often a huge reason why seniors gain weight. Add an injury that has slowed them down or a recent surgery and you have many seniors who have passed a healthy weight for their age. Regular exercise will help seniors lose the weight that they need to in a safe, healthy manner.
Caring Senior Service is here to help. If you or someone you love is in need of assistance, don't be afraid to give us a call. And for some exercise ideas, check out our infographic on exercises to help seniors with balance.