How Exercise Can Benefit Older Adults | Executive Care of Fort Myers

Regular exercise is recommended for anyone at any age, but older adults reap a ton of benefits!

Developing an exercise routine can help older adults live happier and more fulfilled lives as they age. And exercise also boosts both physical and mental health, too.

Physical Benefits of Regular Exercise for Seniors

Aging can make it harder to find motivation, but the benefits of physical fitness outweigh any negatives:

Increase in energy. Exercise is known to increase blood flow and rid the body of stress hormones, leaving the body free to expend energy on other things.

Decrease in falls. Older adults are at a higher risk of falling, but exercising regularly can help mitigate that risk, particularly if balance exercises are included.

Improvement in chronic conditions. If your loved one deals with a chronic medical condition, staying physically active may reduce the symptoms.

Lower blood pressure. Exercise has been shown to not only lower blood pressure overall, but also help limit symptoms in those dealing with chronic high blood pressure.

Stronger immune system. Exercise increases overall immunity and makes it easier to fight off disease.

Increase in strength. Moving around becomes more difficult as get older, but staying physically active can help change that.

Psychological Benefits of Regular Exercise for Seniors

Not only are there key physical benefits to exercise, but there are plenty of psychological benefits as well:

Improved mood. Physical activity is a known booster of mood and mental health—and it also lowers the risk of developing anxiety and depression.

Improved focus. Not only is exercise a well-known deterrent to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, but it can also improve overall focus as well.

Reduced stress. Exercise removes stress hormones in the body. This is great for our mental well-being, as well as decreasing blood pressure and heart issues.

Expert-Recommended Exercises for Seniors

Before starting any new exercise routine, it’s important to check in with a doctor. But there are many exercises experts recommend for older adults:

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Swimming

Beyond those specific exercises, anything that helps promote balance and strength is a benefit for older adults. It’s all about finding something you enjoy and sticking to it!

At Executive Care of Fort Myers, we work alongside you to be sure your loved one is staying healthy and fulfilled in all aspects of life. Get in touch today to learn how our in-home services work.