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One of the secrets to living a fulfilled life in the later years for your loved ones is to live an active life. Regular exercise has been shown to improve one’s physical, cognitive and emotional health, especially for people in their golden years. At New Alamo Residence Home, we offer a variety of activities to remain mentally and physically healthy. Here are just a few benefits that exercise can provide to older adults:
1. Longer Life
You might think that taking it easy is the best thing for you when it comes to getting older, but this couldn’t be further from the truth! A study of older men showed that even light exercise can improve your life.
2. Fall Prevention
Muscle strength is a must-have for maintaining balance, preventing falls, and reducing the risk of sustaining a serious injury. Exercise also increases bone density, which can lower the risk of developing osteoporosis or fracturing a bone.
3. Reduced Risk of Disease
Studies have shown that those currently diagnosed with diseases such as heart disease or diabetes benefit from regular exercise. Even if you don’t have a disease, physical activity can certainly help prevent the onset of one by lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure and improving immune and digestive function.
4. Increased Confidence and Independence
Physical activity makes your body look and feel better, which can certainly increase self-confidence. Also, with increased physical capability comes a sense of independence, as you’re able to do the things you enjoy while only needing minimal assistance.
5. Improved Mental Health
Exercise improves circulation and blood flow to the brain, which can improve memory and heighten brain functions such as multi-tasking and creativity. Physical activity can also prevent general memory loss from aging as well as the onset of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
6. Boosted Energy and Mood
Regular exercise can significantly reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, leading to a better attitude and overall mood!