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The Benefits of Exercising as You Age

August 30th, 2016

feet-965688_1280We’ve all heard it time and time and yes, time again. Eat a well-balanced diet, maintain a healthy weight, don’t smoke, and be sure to get regular exercise to stay healthy and fit. These principles don’t just apply to those who are young or middle-aged. The same practices should be encouraged in our elderly population, as well. Proper Orlando senior care must incorporate regular exercise suited to an individual’s physical capabilities. At BrightStar Care, we offer the assessment and services of skilled occupational and physical therapists that can help to keep your loved one moving and active. Here are a few of the benefits that can be reaped through regular exercise for you and your aging relative:

 

  • Mobility is something that is often taken for granted until it becomes problematic. Balance and ambulation (the ability to walk) are negatively affected by the aging process. With exercise, they can be maintained for longer periods of time. Being able to walk without assistance allows for your elderly loved one to retain independence and, in turn, self-confidence.
  • Regular exercise can help reduce depression and anxiety. As we age, it is not unusual to become withdrawn and suffer from bouts of depression or anxiety. When we exercise, our body releases endorphins which can inhibit these feelings. Even as we age, we release endorphins from exercise.
  • Exercise increases blood flow which helps keep the brain active. Studies have shown that exercise is as effective as playing “brain games” in helping to keep memory sharp.
  • The health benefits of being active are well-documented. People who routinely exercise are working towards lowering blood pressure, reducing the risks of developing diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Digestion can be improved and the immune system grows stronger.
  • Bone health is greatly improved with recurrent exercise which significantly reduces the risk of developing osteoporosis. Walking, swimming, and dancing are just a few of the basic activities that can keep bones healthy and strong.

 

No matter the age, it is important to keep moving at all stages of life. It really is never too late to start an exercise regimen, but it is critical to check with your loved one’s physician before considering a program. Being charged with Orlando senior care is one of the greatest responsibilities you will have in life.
At BrightStar Care, we want you to know that you are never alone. We are available to help 24/7. Call us at 407-877-0720, and let us help you get your aging loved one moving again.

Topics: General Health