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Healthy Living for Aging Seniors

September 4, 2014

Fitness and physical activity is important for people at any age, but it is especially important as we grow older. Unfortunately, some people feel as if they cannot be as physically active once they become senior citizens. Potential loss of bone density, arthritis and other signs of aging admittedly don't lend themselves well to a regular workout routine, but many of these issues can be fought with the right exercise regimen. In fact, regular exercise is one of the keys to aging gracefully.

Benefits of Exercise for Seniors

The benefits of exercise are well-known. It improves cardiovascular health, strengthens muscles and bones, helps people maintain a healthy weight and provides a general sense of well-being. This is true for most everybody, making a regular exercise routine perfect for those who want to get into or stay in shape. For seniors, regular exercise can do all of this plus combat some of the signs of aging and potentially extend life expectancy. Many signs of aging are unavoidable, making a really intense workout session with lots of weightlifting and high-impact exercises difficult, but most people over the age of 50 should still be capable of easier exercises such as water aerobics and even walking. Even these easier exercises can improve mobility and cardiovascular health while keeping the muscles and bones strong. Exercise is also great for a person's mental health. The human body releases endorphins even during light physical activity. These hormones can enhance your mood and even sometimes relieve pain to a certain degree, making it easier to fight against the physical and psychological effects of aging.

The Best Exercises for Seniors

Although seniors should stay active, it’s not realistic to expect to engage in the kinds of workouts suitable for those in their 20s. Some seniors may be able to handle some light weight training or go for a mile-long run, but as they get older they may want to stick to low-impact exercises that may be easier on their joints and bones. Walking regularly is good for most everybody, and riding a bicycle provides a great low-impact cardiovascular workout. Water aerobics are also great for those experiencing joint pain, so seniors are encouraged to find a local swimming pool or aquatic therapy sessions in their area.

No matter what kind of workout you are looking for as a senior citizen, the most important thing is that you stay active. A sedentary lifestyle can be damaging for anybody , but it is especially hard on an aging senior. Even if all you can do is get up and take a walk every day, that kind of exercise will still help you fight the effects of aging and help you enjoy your life.

At Concordia, we stress the importance of healthy living in our homes for independent living as well as our other senior care living communities. Each one of our facilities encourages a healthy lifestyle with various activities for fitness and overall pleasure. Our CARF-accredited Aging Services Network allows our residents access to a full-range of healthcare services no matter their level of need. Stop by one of our locations today and tour the campus, we’re certain our professional staff will impress

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