Improved Health In Mind, Body & Soul
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), all older adults can benefit from regular, moderate physical activity – even people with medical conditions including arthritis, heart disease, obesity and high blood pressure. Plus, being active in our older years not only positively impacts physical health but also mental and emotional wellbeing.
Here are a few of the ways exercise can benefit the overall health of older adults:
Protects Against Chronic Disease: Cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, diabetes, obesity and hypertension can be prevented, while individuals with chronic conditions can minimize symptoms.
Improves Function: Muscle strength can make a big difference in daily function, especially lower-body strength exercises which can improve balance and prevent falling and resulting injuries.
Reduces Cognitive Decline: Physical activity could help those with early signs of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, with one study showing that participants over the age of 60 showed fewer Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers when they performed 30 minutes of exercise every day.
Prevents Bone Loss: Strength training counteracts bone loss and can actually restore bone density, leading to fewer fractures and also aiding in balance.
Boosts Immunity: Moderate exercise has been linked to a lower incidence of acute respiratory illness and fewer sick days. The anti-inflammatory effects of physical activity could also enable better immune function.
Improves Mood: Exercise produces endorphins which not only make us feel good but also can help with symptoms of anxiety and depression and encourage a sense of wellbeing.
A community like Longleaf provides convenient opportunities to stay active in mind, body and soul. The wide variety of classes and activities at our community give residents a chance to have fun, be social and stay fit – all of which promote whole-body wellbeing. Contact us to learn more.