5 Reasons Why Seniors Should Move More Every Day
Exercise for seniors is important and when they are moving more every day, they can begin to feel the benefits of that activity rather quickly. Here are five reasons to seek opportunities to get seniors moving and help improve their lifestyle.
1. Improved Mood
Exercise is something that we don’t always feel like doing, until we realize how good we can feel doing it. There will always be some excuse as to why sitting down on the couch or taking a nap is the more attractive option, but if you don’t use what you’ve got, you can start to feel tired and lethargic.
But getting exercise can revitalize your mood and put some spring in your step.
2. Avoiding the Rust
When you don’t move very often, your joints, muscles, ligaments, and other parts of the body start to feel rusty and it can make every day errands seem like heavy chores. But getting some daily exercise will make those areas of the body less stiff and more fluid, making it much easier to do the simplest things like stand up and sit down.
Activity of any kind will also give you better balance and those slip and fall accidents won’t be something to worry about.
3. Stave Off Discomfort
Consistent exercise is good for maintaining physical well-being but did you know it can also reduce the risks of developing certain types of arthritis? When you’re able to keep arthritic pain at bay, you will find that you can move around a lot better.
Increased mobility means increased freedom, which can also have a significant effect on seniors’ self-esteem and confidence.
4. Lower Blood Glucose
As we age, our bodies start to have a problem with regulating blood sugar levels and that can lead to serious health issues such as diabetes. But routine exercise and activity causes the body to convert blood glucose into energy, avoiding the risks that come with elevated blood glucose levels.
So when you exercise, you’re actually doing your body a whole lot of good at warding off disease.
5. Reduced Blood Pressure
Seniors who are demonstrating high blood pressure are putting themselves at risk of developing serious health problems like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. But every day movement can improve the strength of your heart and get the blood flowing through your system more easily. Some seniors may discover that adopting an effective exercise routine can be so beneficial as to eliminate the need for blood pressure medication they have been taking all along.
Exercise also promotes steady weight loss which, in turn, helps to reduce blood pressure as well.
All of these benefits can have life-changing impacts on seniors who are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle but might not be as motivated as they could be in implementing much needed change. So help a senior out and get them to move around more often. If you need some assistance in convincing your senior to get moving, give Broward County In-Home Senior Care a call and they can provide support and encouragement