As adults grow older, an active lifestyle becomes more essential than ever to maintain good health.
A Swedish study recently found that physical activity is the number one factor that contributes to longevity, adding extra years to a person’s life—and this is even if one doesn’t start exercising until their senior years. However, think about it this way— getting active is more than about adding years to one’s life, it’s about adding life to one’s years.
Physical activity can help boost one’s energy, maintain one’s independence, protect one’s heart, and to better manage the symptoms of illness— as well as one’s weight. Additionally, regular exercise is good for the mood, mind, and memory.
Exercise Can Help Seniors To:
Lose or Maintain Weight
As the metabolism naturally slows down with age, maintaining a healthy number on the scale can become much more challenging. Consistent exercise helps increase one’s metabolism and with the building of muscle mass, helping the body to burn more calories.
Reduce Impact of Chronic Disease
Physically active individuals typically have improved digestive and immune functioning, healthier bone density and blood pressure; and a lower risk of Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, and certain cancers.
Enhance Balance, Mobility, and Flexibility
Exercise helps improve posture, strength, and flexibility— which help with coordination and balance, reducing the risk of falls. Additionally, strength training may help ease symptoms of joint-related conditions such as arthritis.