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4 Ways Exercise Enhances Quality of Life for Seniors

By Jonathan Wells, 5:07 pm on

Physical exercise provides a host of benefits to people of all ages, and it is the secret to a higher quality of life for seniors. Seniors’ lives can be extended, enhanced and enriched through regular exercise. And the best part, exercise doesn’t have to take place at a gym or fitness center! Walking, cycling, gardening and dancing are excellent forms of exercise for seniors and older adults.

If you do not already enjoy regular exercise, consider the following five reasons why you might want to begin exercising, presented by Home Care Assistance of Douglas County, CO:

  1. Health– Exercise is the best preventive medicine. Research continues to show the proven preventive power of physical exercise. Cardiovascular and weight training exercises can forestall the onset of many diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and osteoporosis, and can also stave off premature death.
  1. Cognition – Cardiovascular/aerobic exercises such as walking, cycling and dancing increase the circulation of richly-oxygenated blood to the brain and other organs. Memory, cognitive functions and learning are improved, helping to guard against the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Think of exercise as food for the brain!
  1. Independence – Exercising improves joints, muscles and ligaments, ensuring easier mobility. Mobility is essential for pursuing independent living and aging in place, a common goal among the aging population.
  1. Mood and Emotion – Exercising stimulates the release of endorphins. These are feel-good hormones that will improve your mood and emotional health, ensuring greater enjoyment of life.

It is never too late to begin exercising. Research has shown that even latecomers to exercising reap immediate benefits. Start exercising — the rewards are great!

For seniors who may need assistance with creating and following through with an exercise regimen, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Douglas County today. We have a team of highly trained and experienced caregivers who can assist with physical fitness, nutritious meal preparation, memory care, medication reminders and so much more. Call 720-441-3522 to learn more about live-in and hourly home care in Douglas County from Home Care Assistance.