What are the benefits of exercise as you age?
Exercise has several benefits for people of all ages such as healthier bones and a healthier heart – but there are additional benefits for those in their older years!
Did you know that exercise in your older years can reduce the risk of chronic diseases, decrease the risk of falling, and even improves your mood?
We would like to go through some of the key benefits of exercise in the older population and help you on your way to becoming active into your older years.
#1. Improved healing and function
Regular exercise by older people may decrease the time it takes for a wound to heal by 25%. Also, a healthy, strong body can better fight off infection and makes recovery from illness or injury easier.
#2. Manage Stress and Improve Mood
Studies show that regular activity and exercise can help to manage stress and improve your mood. Studies have shown recently that regular moderate activity can have positive effects on some areas of your cognitive function such as your ability to shift quickly between tasks, plan an activity, and ignore irrelevant information.
#3. Increased Mobility
The increased mobility that comes from regular, moderate exercise can help you to maintain your independence if it is done on a long-term basis. Consistency is more important than intensity.
#4. Increased Balance
1/3rd of older people fall every year, and 2/3rds of them will fall again within 6 months and they are the leading cause of fatal injuries in older people in most of the 25 member states of the European Union.
#5. Lower risk of Chronic Diseases
There is plenty of research out there to show that exercising as in old age may delay or even prevent diseases like diabetes, cancer, stroke, heart disease, and osteoporosis, just to name a few.
The benefits of exercise are endless! If you need help staying active, or maybe you need help on where to start feel free to get in contact with us and we will answer any queries you might have!