Staying active as we age is essential for preventing disease, but it offers a number of far-reaching benefits beyond good physical health. Here’s how exercise can improve your or your aging loved one’s overall quality of life and sense of wellbeing.
It Helps You Stay Connected Socially
Exercise can be a great way to stay in touch with others, especially for those who live alone. Taking an exercise class, such as yoga or water aerobics, offers the opportunity to develop friendships with other like-minded individuals.
It Helps Improve Your Mood
Exercise is a potent mood enhancer, and according to Harvard Medical School, it can even combat depression better than medication in many cases. Physical activity releases those “feel-good” brain chemicals known as endorphins to reduce episodes of the blues and improve your overall outlook.
It Helps You Maintain Mobility
Regular exercise keeps your body in good shape so that you can continue to remain active as you age. It improves circulation, endurance, and balance, and it keeps your muscles strong. It also helps you maintain bone density and strengthen your joints to help prevent serious injury in the event of a fall.
It Helps You Heal Faster and Better
When your body is in good condition, its systems work better, including the immune system. Regular exercise helps wounds heal faster, and it can help protect you against illnesses like the flu and the common cold.
It Improves Mental Capacity
Staying active can help slow mental decline by ensuring optimum blood flow to the brain, which is essential for cell regeneration, and it increases alertness to help your mind feel sharper.
Physical Activity at Whitehall Manor & Saucon Valley Manor
At Whitehall Manor and Saucon Valley Manor, we help seniors stay active through encouragement and plenty of planned exercise sessions. Take a look at our daily events calendar to see how we help to keep our residents moving and grooving all week long.