man and woman exercising There’s no denying that age takes a toll on the body. As we get older, the things we used to enjoy can become more difficult to do. These realizations can lead to feelings of depression and isolation when you’re no longer able to take long bike rides, swim or run.

On a brighter note, there are lower-intensity exercises you can still perform to feel healthier and happier. We outline four benefits of exercise with age.

Increase Cardiovascular Strength

Cardio exercises and strength training benefit seniors by improving their endurance and energy levels. Regular exercise can make daily chores much easier, while cardio specifically helps strengthen your heart and reduce blood pressure.

Improved Mood

When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins. These chemicals help combat feelings of depression by significantly improving mood. Older adults who feel overcome with loss or sadness can lighten their mood and feel happier through the endorphin rush of exercise.

A short walk or swim are two natural alternatives to medication that do a lot to improve mood.

Better Flexibility & Range of Motion

You may think that loss of flexibility and range of motion are natural effects of aging. After all, the less you use your muscles, the more likely you will experience limited movement. The body may overcompensate to accomplish physical tasks, putting undue stress on certain areas.

With regular exercise, your muscles maintain their elasticity and you can move more freely without the pain that some older people can experience.

Better Sleep

Many seniors have poor sleep habits, including the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. This problem can lead to other health issues like fatigue, depression and cognitive problems.

Regular exercise can help us fall asleep faster because of the body temperature fluctuations during and post-workout. It can also initiate deeper sleep, so you wake up feeling refreshed and more energized.
At Avon Health Center, we offer therapeutic recreation to help enrich the patient experience for our residents. Activities include exercise classes, which can greatly improve quality of life. To learn more about our admissions process for your loved one, contact us today!