We have all heard the studies about exercise and how it helps us physically, mentally, and emotionally care for our bodies. But does that really include senior citizens? They're too old to start to exercise right? They can't exercise because what if they fall? Their mental health won't allow them to right? My loved one has arthritis and can't exercise because it will increase the pain right? WRONG!! Studies have proven that exercise in senior citizens will help them in numerous ways.
First, you are never too old to start! Start where you are and don't look back. Exercise has proven to help many people improve many aspects of their life and that includes senior citizens as well. And that means to just start. Do some exercise today that you didn't do yesterday and keep adding a little more each day.
Second, performing balance exercises improves stability and can help prevent falls. By holding onto a steady chair and lifting one leg it provides the support they need to prevent a fall while improving the balance they need to prevent falls in the future.
Third, mental health has always been a tricky subject. In recent years studies have been done to improve our knowledge and to find ways of coping with our mental health. One of these studies has been, how does exercise help improve our mental health? By exercising and focusing on doing the exercises it takes our mind off of the depression and anxiety a person suffers, it allows the brain's neurons to expand with the endorphins and to increase serotonin output thus improving our mood.
Fourth, arthritis and other joint pain is extremely uncomfortable. It is stiffness and inflammation of the joints that make it difficult to have functional pain free movements. Studies have shown that exercise will loosen the stiffness as well as relieve some of the pain that is associated with arthritis. By doing exercises, especially range of motion exercises, it will strengthen the muscles surrounding the joints which will help lessen joint pain.
These are just a few of many reasons why exercise is important and helpful to seniors.
At Bel Aire Senior Living in American Fork we take exercises serious for our residents and your loved ones. Every Tuesday and Thursday we do exercises that help our residents improve their abilities and improve their quality of life.
If you have any questions please contact us at Bel Aire Senior Living in American Fork
1088 E 390 S American Fork UT 84003