It goes without saying that maintaining physical fitness is essential for overall health and well-being. However, as we age, it appears to be getting more difficult for many of us to fit exercise into our daily schedules.
This could be because of mobility issues, a hectic schedule, persistent discomfort, or perhaps the idea of attending a gym is just too scary. By the time we reach the age of 75, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one in three men and one in two women are not physically active.
With staying active being such an important factor in aging healthily, scheduled fitness programs must be part of your Benning Hills, GA senior independent living facilities. Here are the reasons why.
Declined Risk of Falls
Exercise enables you to develop muscle strength and flexibility, which helps you keep your balance. The risk of falls among older persons is reduced by an average of 21% by exercise alone, according to a British Journal of Sports Medicine research published in 2016.
Improved Sleeping Habits
Being physically active throughout the day might help you get more peaceful sleep at night if you have difficulties falling asleep or have insomnia. For your workout, choose to do it in the morning or early afternoon rather than two hours before your sleeping time.
Cardiovascular Health and Emotional Health
Your chance of developing heart disease is reduced by cardiovascular exercise. Additionally, it may lower blood pressure. Exercise also lessens the symptoms of anxiety and depression, and can lift one’s spirits and promote emotions of well-being.
Exercise helps lessen arthritis discomfort by controlling joint swelling. The tendons, ligaments, and muscles that surround joints are strengthened by exercise. These tissues operate as a brace to protect the joint and relieve strain on weak joints when they are strong.
The joint is lubricated by synovial fluid. The synovial membrane, a type of soft tissue that surrounds the joint, secretes a fluid that functions like engine oil and makes it easier for your bones to pass one another.
Stronger Immune System
Regular exercisers often recover from surgery, sickness, or injury more rapidly. That’s because a healthy body is better able to fend off illness and heal itself.
The removal of microorganisms from the lungs and airways may be aided by exercise. This might lower your risk of contracting the flu, the common cold, or other illnesses. Exercise causes a temporary increase in body temperature, which may stop germs from multiplying. Increased body temperature might also aid the body’s ability to fight illness.
Let’s Get Physical
It’s crucial to be active in your 60s, 70s, and beyond, even if you don’t exercise the same way you did in your 20s. It’s not necessary to exercise hard to benefit from it. In actuality, consistent, daily exercise at moderate levels can have major positive effects on one’s health.
Take advantage of our fitness programs which promote a variety of physical activities with guided assistance. Schedule a tour with us to try out our fitness programs!