Unfortunately, way too many older adults are under the impression that it is too late to start exercising along with many others who mistakenly think physical exercise may harm them. The fact is exercise offers many health benefits regardless of your age, and as the National Institute of Health (NIH) advises, “It is inactivity in itself that poses a risk to your health.” Additionally the HelpGuide.org website suggests exercising on a regular basis can help boost energy, maintain your independence, and manage symptoms of illness or pain.
The NIH explains that even frail seniors or those afflicted with diseases associated with aging will benefit from moderate exercise and physical activity. They add, “Lack of physical activity can lead to more visits to the doctor, more hospitalizations, and more use of medicines for a variety of illnesses.” However before you start exercising, please remember to consult your health care provider.
Research has indicated that regular exercise is an effective treatment for seniors suffering from chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart disease and diabetes. In addition exercise can help to improve balance and mobility problems, high blood pressure, relieve stress and elevate a person’s mood. Other studies show a correlation between exercise and improving and maintaining cognitive function.
At MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care of Fort Collins, we wholeheartedly agree that exercise is important to the health and wellbeing of our residents. Just take a look at our monthly calendar and you will see many different types of physical activities. A few examples of how seniors keep fit with our line-up of fun and entertaining classes are Move & Stretch, Yoga with Beate, Morning Exercise, and our Healthy Exercise with Legacy. We also have a weekly “Let's go on a walkabout!” along with many other special events and outings.
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This post is intended for informational purposes only. Please contact your health care provider with any questions or concerns you have regarding your health.
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