December 21 2018
Studies have shown that exercise and participating in other regular physical activities can help prevent many common diseases and ailments such as heart disease and diabetes. Also, regular exercise also promotes and improves immune function which is extremely important for seniors who often have compromised immune systems.
Other Benefits of Regular Exercise for Seniors
Regular exercise can also help improve an individual’s mental health and awareness because when we exercise, it releases endorphins. These endorphins are also known as our feel-good hormones, and they play a significant role when it comes to decreasing stress levels and helping with sleep problems such as insomnia.
Exercise can also help decrease an individual’s risk of falling because it greatly improves balance, strength, and flexibility. With this also comes improved coordination which lessens the chance of accidental falls.
Finally, it is also good for social engagement which is also an important aspect of a senior’s health and well-being. Whether it is joining an exercise group or fitness club in the community or taking daily walks with a friend, it is a good time to socialize and spend time with peers. It can also help reduce the likelihood of experiencing any feelings of loneliness and depression.
How to Make Exercise a Habit
First, you should discuss your current habits and exercise with your doctor so that they can help you come up with a plan of action that is best suited for you and your current condition.
Next, you want to make sure that you find ways to make exercise fun, so it doesn’t seem like a chore that you have to complete. The best way to do this is by choosing activities you enjoy doing. Walking and swimming are two of the most popular choices seniors make when choosing a more active lifestyle.
Finally, the more you do it, the easier you will find that it is to continue doing it; you will be turning it into a habit. To do this, you should establish a routine, set your goals, and commit to the activity and reaching those goals.
Manage Goals and Expectations
Once you make the exercise and physical activity a habit, you can then begin to manage your expectations. You will see what you are capable of and this will motivate you to continue following your fitness plan to reach your goals.