Saturday, April 2, 2016
One of the Best Things Seniors Can Do for Their Health
Being physically active on a regular basis is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself, so says the National Institute of Health (NIH). They go on to say that, “even moderate exercise and physical activity can improve the health of people who are frail or who have diseases that accompany aging.”
One of the benefits of staying physically active is that it not only provides long-term health benefits, but also can improve the health of older adults who are already suffering from diseases and disabilities. In fact, researchers have discovered that regular exercise is an effective treatment for many chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart disease and diabetes. It can also be beneficial for those dealing with conditions such as high blood pressure, balance problems and walking difficulties.
The NIH advises that being inactive is in itself risky for your good health. While you need to consult your health care provider before you begin to exercise, studies show that if seniors take it “too easy” it can impact their ability to do things on their own. They state that, “lack of physical activity also can lead to more visits to the doctor, more hospitalizations, and more use of medicines for a variety of illnesses.”
Another reason why it is important to exercise regularly is it can help to elevate your mood and relieve stress. Furthermore, research points to the fact that exercise may help seniors improve or maintain cognitive function. The NIH says the type of mental activities that improve with exercise is the ability to shift quickly between tasks and an easier time with planning activities.
*This post is intended for informational purposes only. Please contact your health care provider with any questions or concerns you have regarding your health.*
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