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Benefits of Exercise for Seniors
Physical Benefits of Exercise
…helps seniors maintain or lose weight.
Maintaining a healthy weight as we age can be a challenge due to the natural slowdown of our metabolism. Exercise helps increase metabolism and build muscle, which both help to burn more calories.
…reduces the impact of illness and chronic disease.
A few of the benefits of exercise includes improved immune function, better bone density, heart health, digestive functioning and blood pressure. Seniors who exercise also have a lower risk of several chronic conditions such as heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and osteoporosis.
…enhances mobility, flexibility, and balance.
Exercise improves posture, strength and flexibility, which in turn help balance and coordination and reduce the risk of falls. Strength training can also help to alleviate some of the symptoms of chronic conditions such as arthritis.
Mental Benefits of Exercise
Exercise often improves sleep, helping to fall asleep more quickly and sleep more deeply.
…boosts mood and self-confidence.
Hormones, such as endorphins, produced while exercising can actually improve your overall mood and reduce feelings of sadness or depression. Feeling strong and being active naturally helps you to feel more self-confident and comfortable with yourself.
…is good for your brain.
Exercise can help keep the brain active and improve brain functions, which can prevent memory loss, dementia, and overall cognitive decline.