Keeping active as we age is incredibly important to staying healthy, independent, and happy. However, as we age, we become less inclined to continue to stay physically active. In fact, by age 75, half of women and a third of men engage in no regular physical activity.
That’s why exercising and having an active lifestyle has many benefits in healthy aging. From physical benefits to positive cognitive and emotional benefits; there are many reasons to work being active in your life!
Being active is very important to your overall physical health. Not only does it improve cardiovascular health and increase stamina, but it also lowers the risks of heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and more. Exercise even makes weight loss easier and helps seniors maintain a healthy weight.
Falling is a major risk for seniors, as a third of people over the age of 65 fall every year. Regular physical activity increases strength, bone mass, flexibility, and balance, reducing the risks of falling and getting injured. In fact, seniors who exercise spend 25% less time injured compared to those who are inactive.
Physical activity and spending time outdoors is also great for your immune system, helping reduce the impact of chronic illness and even helping shorten recovery times from illness and injury. The list of physical benefits from exercise goes on and on!
Cognitive & Emotional Benefits
Exercising is great for brain health. It’s proven to reduce the risks and onset of age-related cognitive problems, including dementia and Alzheimer’s. Being active and spending time outside is also a great way to improve your mood and overall feelings of confidence and well-being, as it helps reduce stress and anxiety.
All these physical, cognitive, and emotional benefits from being active help seniors stay happier, healthier, and more independent longer. It all leads to a more vibrant, social, and fulfilling lifestyle as we age.