Seniors need exercise just as much as anyone else, though actually working out can be difficult at times. A lack of motivation, poor health, bad weather, and much more can put a damper on your fitness aspirations. Even so, it's still important to stick to it. To prove it, here are 4 ways seniors can benefit from regular exercise.
1. Better Overall Fitness
Regular exercise, regardless of what type, can improve your overall fitness. Even just a short jog a few times a week can vastly improve your body condition, from better endurance, lower resting heart rate, better flexibility, and more.
2. Improved Mental Health
Exercising releases chemicals in your brain that elevate mood, working to alleviate the symptoms of depression and various other mental ailments. Given that seniors are highly susceptible to these issues for a variety of reasons, working out can be a good way to prevent their onset and to manage symptoms.
3. Decreased Risk of Injury
Engaging your body in regular exercise can make you less likely to become injured. Getting fit makes you more resilient to harm and working out your joints and muscles gives you a greater degree of flexibility and endurance that prevents accidents.
4. Interact with Others Socially
Fitness can be a great way to make new friends. If you're feeling lonely or would like to meet some new people, joining a fitness club or gym-provided classes can be a great way to exercise while also forging new relationships.
These are just 4 basic reasons why seniors should exercise regularly. There are plenty more to discover once you get out there, so don't waste any time and start getting fit. Try the exercises outlined in our infographic with exercises to improve senior balance.