Updated: Dec 1, 2021
We have all heard the phrase “it’s never too late for this or that.” Well, that applies to fitness for older adults as well! In fact, maintaining or even starting an exercise routine as a senior has been shown to add not only years to your life, but also to improve the quality of your years as you age. To find out more about the benefits of exercising as you age, keep reading.
Benefits of Exercise
1. Weight maintenance or loss
As we age our metabolism slows and can make maintaining a healthy weight more challenging. Regular exercise can help to increase your metabolism by building muscle mass and helping your body burn more calories.
2. Improve mobility, flexibility, and balance
Improving your mobility and your strength through range of motion can also help with balance. Improved balance plays a big role in preventing falls.
3. Boost self-confidence and emotional well-being
Not only does exercise make you feel stronger and more self-confident, but it also helps to reduce stress and produce good-feeling endorphins. It has also been shown to reduce depression, anxiety, and feelings of sadness.
4. Improve bone density
Weight-bearing exercises like strength training can increase your bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.
5. Improve cognitive health
Exercise has been shown to aid in brain function and to help prevent dementia, memory loss, and cognitive decline.
6. Reduced illness and chronic disease
People of all ages who exercise regularly tend to have improved immune function, better lab results, and a decreased risk of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.
Exercise Provides Health Benefits
Getting older doesn’t have to mean abandoning your active lifestyle. Regular exercise and an active lifestyle can provide a range of health benefits, including improvements in diabetes, cognitive function, bone health, and overall well-being. But, we may need to adjust our workout routines to best suit our bodies as we age. Seniors can benefit from a mix of strength or resistance training as well as aerobic training and mobility work. Some examples include a strength training routine with weights or resistance bands, swimming, cycling, and yoga.
Hire a Personal Trainer
If you are looking to adjust your workout routine to better fit the needs of your body as you age, or if you are looking to start being more active, consider reaching out to a personal trainer. Since extra care is needed to ease into new routines and accommodate pre-existing conditions, a certified personal trainer can provide a safe and effective personalized exercise routine.