Encouraging Your Loved One to Exercise | Executive Care of Clearwater

It’s true—any person of any age can benefit from being physically active on a regular basis. But did you know that it’s especially beneficial for older adults?

Regular exercise can help promote a long, healthy life—and an improved quality of life.

The Physical Benefits Your Loved One Will Experience

Let’s first consider the numerous physical health-related benefits of regular exercise:

Decrease in falls. Older adults have a higher risk of falling for a number of reasons. But getting regular physical activity can help limit that risk, especially if you include balance exercises in the routine.

Improvement in chronic conditions. Many who suffer from chronic illnesses, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and mental health issues find their symptoms to be more manageable after implementing a regular exercise routine.

Increase in mobility. As muscles and nerves get used regularly and grow stronger, day-to-day mobility becomes easier.

Stronger immune system. Those who exercise often have much stronger overall immunity than those don’t. That’s because exercise is a known immune system booster.

Increase in energy. Exercise is known to increase blood flow and rid the body of stress hormones, leaving the body free to expend energy on other things.

Lower blood pressure. Not only can exercise lower blood pressure for everyone, but it can also help those with chronic hypertension experience fewer symptoms.

The Psychological Benefits Your Loved One Will Experience

While there are tons of physical health-related benefits of physical activity, there are also plenty of benefits related to cognitive and mental health, too:

Reduced stress. A small amount of stress is a beneficial thing and can even help promote productivity, but too much stress is not. Regular physical activity helps a person more effectively manage stress.

Improved mood. Exercise is a general mood enhancer and can lessen symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Improved focus. Exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, and also promotes overall cognitive health.

Exercises Enjoyable for Your Loved One

The best exercise is the one a person will perform regularly! But certain exercises are recommended by experts for seniors specifically:

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Pilates
  • Yoga

Beyond these specific types of workouts, an older adult can benefit from any type of physical activity that includes balance work, since diminished balance increases fall risk.

At Executive Care of Clearwater, we work alongside you to be sure your loved one is staying healthy and fulfilled in all aspects of life. Get in touch today to learn more about our in-home services.