Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults

Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults

 

The last time we talked about staying fit as you age, we were debunking myths as they are just downright lies. Now that we've established that exercising or being healthy doesn't depend on age, we're going to talk about the benefits of taking care of your body.

Let's talk about the physical benefits first.

1. Exercising can help you lose weight.

You might have noticed that shedding fat and pounds get harder and harder as we grow older. Most people just give up on exercising since they don't really see results as fast as they would want to. The key here is slow progress is absolutely better than no progress at all.

2. Exercising can combat illnesses and diseases.

Lower blood pressure, improved immune function, higher bone density, better digestive movements; these are just some of the health benefits of exercising. Research also states that regular exercising can also prevent chronic conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, cancer, or osteoporosis.

3. Exercise improves strength, flexibility and posture.

These, in turn, can help reduce the risk of falls and help with balance and coordination. If you're thinking about strength training, you can try our 3-in-1 Hand Strengthener Grips that can definitely help alleviate arthritis.

Here are some mental health benefits when exercising:

1. Exercising helps you sleep better.

Since you get tired after exercising, there's a very high chance that you'll fall asleep quicker and deeper.

2. Exercising can boost your mood.

Not only will exercise give you happy hormones, it can also boost your self-confidence since you will be feeling better than before.

3. Exercise is really good for the brain.

This may sound unbelievable but exercising can improve or help your brain cells function better. With better brain cells, you can fight the onset of Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

Before anything else though, it's really important to keep the following things in mind:

1. Get a medical clearance from your doctor. We can't stress this point enough since you have to avoid activities that might harm you. Also, if something feels wrong, immediately stop whatever you're doing and listen to your body. Don't push your body's limits.

2. Start slow. Since you should avoid pushing your body to its limit, you should start with simple activities first. See if your body can handle it because you can always improve later.

3. Focus on short-term goals, if you want to make exercise a daily habit. You can find that your mood becomes better if you achieve these simple goals first. Goals such as weight loss tend to take longer to achieve. You can focus on reducing your stress levels first or increase your energy levels.

You will be up and exercising once you follow these tips. We do hope you get to achieve the results that you want in no time!