As a senior, you’re probably aware of the changes that come with aging — both physical and mental. However, did you know that regular exercise can help combat these changes and even help reduce some of the effects of aging?

Imagine having more energy, reducing your risk of chronic conditions, improving your cognitive function, and leading a more active and enjoyable life in your golden years. You can make these perks a reality by incorporating exercise into your daily routine. Let’s review why exercise is vital for seniors.

The Benefits

Exercise is a critical component of a healthy lifestyle, and its benefits are especially important for seniors. By incorporating more activity into your daily routine, you can improve your physical and mental well-being.

The following are the primary benefits of regular exercise for seniors’ health:

  • Improved Strength, Balance, and Flexibility: Regular exercise can help seniors improve their strength, balance, and flexibility. This can reduce the risk of falls and increase the ability to perform daily activities easily.
  • Enhanced Cognitive Function: Exercise has been shown to improve cognitive function in seniors and reduce the risk of cognitive decline. This can help improve memory, focus, and overall brain function. Exercise can also increase blood flow to the brain, providing it with the oxygen and nutrients it needs to function correctly.
  • Reduced Risk of Dementia and Depression: Regular exercise has also been shown to reduce the risk of developing dementia and depression in seniors. Exercise can help improve mood, reduce stress, and boost self-esteem, contributing to a more positive outlook on life.

Best Exercises

Now that you know the benefits, you may wonder what exercises you should do. Exercises for seniors do not have to be physically demanding or challenging to be beneficial. Here are some suggestions:

  • Walking: Walking is one of the best exercises for people of all ages. You don’t need fancy equipment or an expensive gym membership; you only need a good pair of walking shoes. You can also decide the distance or time that best suits your needs and capabilities.
  • Jogging: This is a low-impact form of exercise that is ideal for seniors. Jogging is an excellent option for those who may have joint pain or want to reduce their risk of injury.
  • Dancing: Dancing is another low-impact form of exercise that can improve balance, coordination, and flexibility. It is also a great cardiovascular exercise that can help improve heart health, as well as a great way for you to socialize and have fun.
  • Swimming: Swimming is another excellent exercise and can enhance your quality of life and decrease disability, leading to a more independent and active lifestyle.
  • Yoga: Yoga is a gentle, focused exercise with great benefits. It involves a combination of physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation, making it a good choice for both the body and the mind.

Wellness at King-Bruwaert House

At King-Bruwaert House, we believe in engaged retirement living with you at the center. Our Life Plan Community in Burr Ridge, Illinois, is dedicated to providing a lifestyle where seniors flourish in every area of their lives, especially health with our active wellness program. To learn more about our lifestyle or to schedule a tour of our community, please call (630) 323-2250.