You may find that it is harder to get in regular exercise as you age. This is a common concern for many seniors, but there are numerous physical and mental benefits when it comes to undertaking an exercise program. Here are just a few!
Regular exercise can help you become stronger and more independent. You may find that your muscles have gotten weaker with less use over the years, so weight-lifting and cardio workouts will help strengthen those muscles. This, in turn, allows you to be able to perform more tasks, indoors and out, by yourself.
Reduces the risk of a heart attack
Getting in a regular cardiovascular workout, such as a walk, bicycle ride, or exercise class, encourages blood flow to your heart. This then reduces your chance of having a heart attack. Exercising also reduces the risk of a stroke.
You may be struggling with your balance as you age. While this is normal for seniors, it also means that you are at a higher risk for falls. Exercise can help improve your balance, especially when you choose an activity such as yoga or Tai Chi, which requires you to balance carefully in different positions.
Helps with weight loss or gain
You may have found that you are carrying more weight than you would like as you age. Your muscles don't work as much as they used to and you feel slow and sluggish. A regular exercise program will help you lose the unwanted weight and will also help you build back lost muscle.
Provides social interaction
If you are feeling alone or isolated, exercising will change that. According to the National Institute on Aging, social interaction has many health benefits for seniors. Getting out to a local gym or exercise class allows you to connect with others. Additionally, many fitness centers and YMCAs offer senior exercise classes.
Helps with insomnia
If sleep is evading you at night, working out is the answer. Tiring out your muscles will help you relax easier at night and will provide you with a better night's sleep. Just don't exercise too close to bedtime, as it could have the reverse effect.
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