Why Seniors Should Definitely Be Exercising

August 25, 2016
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It goes without saying that regular exercise is good for you and yields multiple health benefits. But the effects of those health benefits have an even bigger impact on senior citizens. The CDC recommends that older adults aged 65 and older that are in generally fit with no other health constraints get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of aerobic exercise and at least 2 sessions of strength training per week. Why should you carve out that time for exercise? Here are 5 compelling reasons:

1)   Maintain weight – your metabolism slows down considerably with age. Even if you have a balanced diet, there will still be some pounds that refuse to get lost unless you exercise.

2)   Improves mobility and sense of balance – As you grow older, your body gets naturally weaker. Regular exercise can keep your body strong and coordinated. Strength training that focuses on your core and lower body can help you with staying balanced thus reducing your chances of falling down.

3)   Better sleep – Who needs a sleeping pill when you can exercise? A study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that those who exercised at least 150 minutes a week experienced a 65% increase in their quality of sleep and they didn’t feel groggy or tired during the day.

4)   Better moodWhen you exercise, your brain releases the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine. These chemicals give you that euphoria you feel after you had a great workout. And, once you start seeing results from your efforts like weight loss and muscle gains, your mood along with your confidence will get better.

5)   Delay or prevent disease – Aerobic exercise improves cardiovascular health. A strong heart means that you drastically decreased your chances of getting heart disease, certain cancers, and diabetes.

 

Overall, exercise can improve your quality of life in many different areas that matter. Stay active and healthy!

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