People in their 60s would have probably heard of the same advice over and over again, which is to “get some physical exercise in every week” as they are “good for you”. While most people do plan to exercise to become healthier and feel better, few commit to exercising regularly. This might be attributed to not being able to see the impacts or results of regular exercising. However, exercise is something extremely important to decrease health risks, especially in people of older age. Read on to learn more about the importance of doing exercise and why it is beneficial to continue doing light exercise even when in your 60s.
Improved Mental Health
Exercising produces endorphins, otherwise also commonly known as the “feel good” hormones. The release of endorphins acts as a stress reliever and helps us feel satisfied and happy, allowing us to feel better about ourselves. In addition, going out on a walk and exercising also allows us to spend time under the sun and have social interactions with others, keeping the mind active and running.
Over the years, studies have consistently suggested that people who have regular physical activity have a lower risk of catching the most common diseases such as diabetes and heart diseases. This is because exercise helps to improve our body’s overall immune function, which is often compromised in the elderly.
Decreased Risk of Falling
Having some light exercise regularly helps to improve the strength and flexibility of people in their 60s, thereby having better control of your stability. Older adults are often at a much higher risk of falls due to a lack of control in balancing ability. As such, exercising regularly will lower the risk of falls.
Improved Cognitive Abilities
Regularly exercising doesn’t have to be all about physical health. Regular physical activities are extremely beneficial to our cognitive abilities as they help to keep the mind racing and running. Studies have proven that physically active individuals tend to be at a much lower risk of developing memory-related conditions like dementia.
Dementia is a memory-related condition that is impossible to reverse, making it one of the scariest conditions for anyone to develop. As such, if you suspect that your loved one might be in the early stages of dementia, we highly recommend that you seek a professional consultation instead of dragging it out. Timely intervention is key for preventing the condition of dementia patients from worsening.
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