GoodLife Fitness & Senior Home Care Agency offers in-home fitness training. Our Exercise Specialists will work together with your Doctor and/or physical therapist to offer approved health programs that will improve quality of life, including, balance training/ fall prevention, post-rehabilitation exercises, strength training and stretching. Maintaining or developing a certain fitness/wellness level can increase seniors feelings of independence, self-worth, well-being and improve quality of life. It is recommended that you receive a checkup with your doctor before starting any exercise program. Contact us now to schedule your Free in-home consultation.
Exercise and Older Adults
The most important time to exercise in our lives is when we get older. Gerontologists tell us that once we reach the age of 50 the need for fitness is even more crucial due to the many physiological changes that occur with age. Leading an active lifestyle with regular exercise improves quality of life as we age.
The benefits of all exercise, even vigorous exercise, apply to senior citizens. The recommendation is to always have a doctor’s consultation before beginning a new program.
Research has shown that muscle strengthening exercises are both safe and effective for women and men of all ages, including those who are not in perfect health. Strength training, particularly in conjunction with regular aerobic exercise, can also have a profound impact on a person’s mental and emotional health.
There are numerous benefits to strength training regularly, particularly as we grow older. It can be very powerful in reducing the signs and symptoms of numerous diseases and chronic conditions, among them: Alzheimers, Parkinsons, arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, back pain and depression to name a few benefits of participating in a regular exercise program. Strength training increases bone density and reduces the risk for fractures.
For a lot of older adults, maintaining mobility can be difficult. Muscles and joints weaken and range of movement deteriorates as we age. Stretching benefits include development and maintenance of strength, improving flexibility, and increased circulation and blood flow, improved posture and improving quality of life and healthy aging.
As people age, poor balance and flexibility contribute to falls and broken bones. These fractures can result in significant disability, chronic pain and even fatal complications. Proper strength training also increases a person’s flexibility and balance, which decrease the likelihood and severity of falls.
A recent Mayo Clinic Report states:
Regardless of age, weight or athletic ability, aerobic activity is good for you. As your body adapts to regular aerobic exercise, you’ll get stronger and fitter.
Consider the following 10 ways that aerobic activity can help you feel better and enjoy life to the fullest.
Aerobic activity can help you:
- Keep excess pounds at bay – Combined with a healthy diet, aerobic exercise helps you lose weight and keep it off.
- Increase your stamina – You may feel tired when you first start regular aerobic exercise. But over the long term, you’ll enjoy increased stamina and reduced fatigue.
- Ward off viral illnesses – Aerobic exercise activates your immune system in a good way. This may leave you less susceptible to minor viral illnesses, such as colds and flu.
- Reduce your health risks – Aerobic exercise reduces the risk of many conditions, including obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, stroke and certain types of cancer.
- Weight-bearing aerobic exercises, such as walking, help decrease the risk of osteoporosis.
- Manage chronic conditions – Aerobic exercise may help lower blood pressure and control blood sugar. If you have coronary artery disease, aerobic exercise may help you manage your condition.
- Strengthen your heart – A stronger heart doesn’t need to beat as fast. A stronger heart also pumps blood more efficiently, which improves blood flow to all parts of your body.
- Keep your arteries clear – Aerobic exercise boosts your high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the “good,” cholesterol, and lowers your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad,” cholesterol. This may result in less buildup of plaques in your arteries.
- Boost your mood – Aerobic exercise may ease the gloominess of depression, reduce the tension associated with anxiety and promote relaxation.
- Stay active and independent as you age – Aerobic exercise keeps your muscles strong, which can help you maintain mobility as you get older.
Aerobic exercise also keeps your mind sharp. Studies have found that regular physical activity may help protect memory, reasoning, judgment and thinking skills (cognitive function) in older adults, and may improve cognitive function in young adults. Some studies suggest that it can even help prevent the onset of dementia. Studies show that people who participate in regular aerobic exercise live longer than those who don’t exercise regularly.