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6 Benefits of Exercise for the Elderly

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As we age, we often tend to adopt a more sedentary lifestyle. Our inactivity could be a result of health issues, pain, or simply concerns about falling and sustaining an injury. However, physical activity key to remaining healthy both mentally and physically in our later years. Here are just a few benefits that exercise can provide to older adults:


1. Longer Life

You might think that taking it easy is the best thing for you when it comes to getting older, but this couldn't be further from the truth! A study of older men showed that even light exercise could help extend your life.


2. Fall Prevention

Muscle strength is a must-have for maintaining balance, preventing falls, and reducing the risk of sustaining a serious injury. Exercise also increases bone density, which can lower the risk of developing osteoporosis or fracturing a bone.


3. Reduced Risk of Disease

Studies have shown that those currently diagnosed with diseases such as heart disease or diabetes benefit from regular exercise. Even if you don't have a disease, physical activity can certainly help prevent the onset of one by lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure and improving immune and digestive function.


4. Increased Confidence and Independence

Physical activity makes your body look and feel better, which can certainly increase self-confidence. Also, with increased physical capability comes a sense of independence, as you're able to do the things you enjoy while only needing minimal assistance.


5. Improved Mental Health

Exercise improves circulation and blood flow to the brain, which can improve memory and heighten brain functions such as multi-tasking and creativity. Physical activity can also prevent general memory loss from aging as well as the onset of diseases such as Alzheimer's and dementia.


6. Boosted Energy and Mood

Regular exercise can significantly reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, leading to a better attitude and overall mood! 

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