We can’t stress it enough. If you’re over 60, it’s very important that you continue exercising as much as you can, and rather with a healthy dose of strength training. According to studies, which analysed more than 1 million older adults, just exercising approximately one hour more every week than usual was linked to an 11% decreased risk of heart disease. What’s more, this same research found that ceasing physical activity around the age of 60 results in a 27% increased risk of heart disease.
It’s in line with other studies of additional treatment interventions which show it’s clearly never too late to improve things. Also, it’s in line with other studies of exercise particularly showing that even those who take up exercise later in life will experience a clinical benefit.
What Are The Benefits Of Exercise For Older Adults?
Studies have shown that keeping up regular physical activity can assist with preventing many common diseases, such as heart disease as well as diabetes. It enhances overall immune function, which is very important for seniors as their immune systems are frequently compromised. Even light exercise, for example walking, can be an extremely powerful tool for preventable disease management.
Improved Mental Health
The mental health benefits of exercise are almost endless. It produces endorphins (which are the “feel good” hormone) that act as a stress reliever. This leaves you feeling happy and satisfied. In addition, exercise has been associated with improving sleep, which is particularly important for older adults who frequently suffer from insomnia and disrupted sleep patterns.
Decreased Risks of Falls
Mature adults are at a heightened risk of falls, which could prove to be potentially disastrous for preserving independence. Exercise boosts strength and flexibility, which also assist with improving balance and coordination, lowering the risk of falls. Seniors take far longer to recover from falls, so anything that helps to avoid them in the first place is critical.
If you join a walking group, go to group fitness classes or go to a gardening club, exercise can be made into an enjoyable social event. Maintaining strong social ties is quite important for ageing adults to feel a sense of purpose as well as avoid feelings of loneliness or – alternatively – depression. Above all else, the key is to find a type of exercise you love, and it will never feel a mundane chore again.
Improved Cognitive Function
Regular physical activity and fine-tuned motor skills benefit cognitive function. Countless studies suggest a lower risk of dementia for physically active individuals, regardless of when you begin a routine.
If you want to learn more about exercise for seniors, and how to teach correct exercise form, then you need to do our Exercise and the Elderly Course. Follow this link to find out more.