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Seniors, Science, Exercise, and Happiness

Seniors, Science, Exercise, and Happiness

Why exercise is key to an inspired life.

 

Whether you’re a young spring chicken or a captivating centenarian exercise is key to leading a happy, fulfilling and healthy life. Loss of mobility, strength, and stamina is largely attributed to inactivity at any age. This is even more important as we age and as many as one-third of senior men and half of senior women report living an inactive lifestyle by the age of 75. The great news is exercise of any kind starts with a simple mental commitment and a first step forward.

 

Independence, Mobility, and Recovery

Regular exercise improves strength, balance, and flexibility. Exercise helps make bones denser and joints less stiff. Physical activity even lowers the risks of falling, and makes recovering from injury or illness faster and easier. All important and inspiring news for seniors looking for more independence and more mobility.  Exercise is also great for the heart, circulation, blood pressure, immune function, and cholesterol which reduces heart disease, strokes, and many other illnesses, including cancer. So live long and live well.

 

Mental Clarity, Focus and Sharpness

Regular exercise is excellent for cognitive health, especially as we age. Studies have shown that physically active seniors are less likely to have memory problems. It helps slow and delay the onset of cognitive declines, including Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Engaging forms of exercise like nature walks and golf even help improve focus, concentration, and feelings of well-being. When being physically active, it stimulates the growth and development of new nervous tissue, namely neurons. This means that as we exercise, the brain creates new cells in the portions of the brain which are responsible for memory, movement, and problem-solving. It’s also said that as we create these new neurons, it slows down and reduces the progression and symptoms that are attributed to cognitive decline.

 

Happiness, Wellness, and Confidence.

Just as important as the body and mind is spirit. Regular exercise is a perfect way for seniors to stay engaged. It’s a great excuse to get outside and enjoy some sunshine. It also encourages socialization, and spending time with friends which is key to avoiding feelings of loneliness and isolation. Exercising regularly improves health, boosts self-confidence, and increases serotonin levels, the biochemical in the brain responsible for happiness. This helps to increase overall wellness, making every day more enjoyable and fulfilling.

So, why wait? Get started exercising, and enjoy all the benefits it has to offer!

 

Sources:

Bergland C. (2016, February 8) More Proof That Aerobic Exercise Can Make Your Brain Bigger Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201602/more-proof-aerobic-exercise-can-make-your-brain-bigger

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1999, November 17) Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/sgr/olderad.htm

Robinson L., Smith M., M.A., Segal J. Ph.D., (2018, March) Senior Exercise and Fitness Tips Retrieved from https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/exercise-and-fitness-as-you-age.htm