Many aging adults need to get regular physical activity to help them remain active as they continue to age through their golden years. Engaging in exercises and activities that can help to stimulate your mind and body is essential to your overall health and wellbeing. This is one of the advantages of moving your loved one into a retirement community as they offer several fitness and wellness programs designed to improve residents’ wellbeing. Below are some of the benefits of physical activities for your aging loved one:
Management of Body Weight
Engaging in physical activities can help your aging loved ones maintain or lose body weight. Even though their metabolism rate becomes slow as they age, regular physical activities help to boost metabolism. Exercises like cardio and strength training will effectively help them develop muscle mass. This will increase metabolism and burn unwanted calories to prevent weight gain.
Improvement of Bone Health & Strength
Regular physical exercise and activities can help with the development of healthy bones while also maintaining your loved one’s bone strength. Bones are living tissues that tend to build more cells when the body is exercised regularly. This makes the bones stronger and reduces the risks of bone density problems such as osteoporosis, arthritis, and others.
Improved Heart & Cardiovascular Health
Adding cardio and strength training exercises to the fitness routine of your loved ones can help to reduce the risks of heart and cardiovascular disease. It is essential to encourage your aging loved ones to engage more in physical exercises so that they can get an added improvement of energy. Staying active through frequent physical activity can help improve your loved one’s quality of life.
Enhancement of Mental Health
Engaging in physical activities like cooking, walking, and low-impact exercises can mentally benefit your aging loved one. Physical activities are known to help elevate the mood and reduce feelings of depression. When the body is exercised, the body releases happy hormones endorphin to the brain to help reduce stress and improve mood.
Improves Social Wellness
Many aging adults have difficulties sleeping an active social life due to several concerns including mobility concerns. Engaging in physical activities that involve other adults is a good way to improve your aging loved one’s social wellness. At TerraBella Hillsborough, we offer several fun activities and events for residents, giving them a chance to socialize with one another and make new friends. This will in turn improve their social wellness along with their physical and mental wellness.
Improved Cognitive Function
Exercising the body can help to improve cognitive function and lower the risks of vascular dementia in your aging loved one. When your aging adult exercises regularly, they will enjoy better motor skills. A stable fitness routine can help your aging adult stay focused and help them maintain a high-quality life with the energy they need.
Improved Mobility and Balance
Many aging adults experience mobility concerns and the inability to maintain balance. This could be due to low bone density or weak bones, which can put your loved one at risk of falls and injuries. Engaging in stability exercises will help to improve balance and help your loved ones prevent falls that can limit their mobility. These exercises are targeted at building muscle strength and improving bone health.