When it comes to our health, taking it easy as much as possible is not always the best option. This is especially true for the elderly. While it might be tempting to avoid injury and emergency care by living a sedentary lifestyle, you are only tightening your joints, decreasing muscle mass, and increasing your risk for disease. By finding the right forms of exercise, and doing so safely, you can significantly improve your health and life. The following are just some of the reasons why exercise should be part of your health care regimen.
- Improves Cardiovascular Health: By getting your heart rate up just a few times per week, you can keep your heart and lungs healthy for years to come. Try a fitness class for seniors, a swimming routine, or fast walking to get your heart pumping.
- Lowers Risk Of Chronic Disease: According to the National Institutes Of Health, exercise can actually delay or treat disease. This includes heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and much more. Regular exercise can also boost your memory, delaying the onset of Dementia.
- Boosts Mood: Whether taking a regular yoga class or a daily walk through the park, getting your body moving will also ease your mind. Exercise may also reduce the affects of depression. And if done with friends the combination of social and physical activity can also be highly beneficial.
- Increases Bone Density: As we age, bone density decreases. This puts us at risk for diseases like Osteoporosis and can cause falls to require emergency care. Exercise can reverse this, allowing you to maintain bone density for longer.
- Maintains Muscle Function: Just as exercises keeps bone density maintained, it also prevents muscle loss. Having strong muscles improves function in the rest of the body and can reduce pain overall. In fact, about four in 10 people exercise to relieve lower back pain.
Interested in exercise but worried about potential injury? Talk to your doctor about visiting a physical therapy clinic. These professionals can show you safe exercises to do on your own as you build up your strength. By making a commitment to regular exercise, you are also making a commitment to a longer, more healthy life.