7 Benefits of Staying Fit as You Age

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As we age, it’s no secret that our bodies begin to change. The physical activities we enjoyed in our twenties and thirties often aren’t going to fare as well in our sixties, seventies and eighties.

But just because our abilities may be lessened in some ways that doesn’t mean we should feel like we have to cease all physical activity. In fact, as we get older engaging in regular exercise is arguably more important than when we’re younger, since our bodies need the extra help to stay fit and healthy.

As a premier community for retirement living in Ohio, Bristol Village is dedicated to ensuring that our seniors take full advantage of health and wellness information so that they can live longer, fuller lives filled with exciting activities.

So just what are the health benefits of enjoying those exciting activities? Here are seven of them!

1. Boost Heart Health

With advancing age comes the need to engage in the kinds of activities, and eat the kinds of food, that will lead to a healthier heart.

By regularly exercising at moderate-intensity for at least 30 minutes five times a week, you’ll give your heart a needed workout and be able to:

  • Improve cardiovascular health
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Improve blood circulation
  • Reduce the risk of heart attack, heart disease and stroke

As you can see, the benefits of even moderate exercise are impressive. And if you gradually increase your abilities as you progress your body will receive even greater heart health benefits.

Some terrific aerobic activities to incorporate into your Ohio retirement living include:

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Dancing
  • Water aerobics
  • Yoga

2. Lose and Maintain Weight

Without a doubt, one of the major reasons people exercise is to either lose weight or maintain their weight once they’ve reached a goal.

For younger people, New Year’s resolutions or swimsuit season might bring about a fleeting workout desire. But for older people with a changing metabolism, exercising can be essential to maintaining a fit body and a healthy weight.

As helpguide.org reports, "Exercise helps increase metabolism and builds muscle mass, helping to burn more calories. When your body reaches a healthy weight, your overall wellness will improve."

3. Increase Strength

As we convert fat into muscle mass, our overall strength begins to improve, which can greatly impact our everyday lives in a lot of small, practical ways.

For adults who are over the age of 65, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends incorporating strength training into your exercise routine at least twice a week.

This strength training could come by way of:

  • Weightlifting
  • Body-resistance exercises like push-ups and sit-ups
  • Resistance band exercises
  • Yoga

And by engaging in these strength-training methods, seniors can begin to see positive differences in their abilities during tasks like:

  • Carrying groceries
  • Climbing stairs
  • Gardening
  • Redecorating

It’s clear - stay strong and your retirement living in Ohio will be that much more fulfilling!

4. Increase Balance

Going hand-in-hand with increased strength is increased balance, something that becomes incredibly important as we age due to the dangers imposed by falls.

On this topic the CDC supplies us with a startling piece of information: for those 65 and over, falls result in more trauma hospital admissions and more injury-related deaths than any other cause. This makes the additional balance you gain through strength training all the more vital.

5. Increase Flexibility

The last aspect interconnected with balance and strength is flexibility. An aging body certainly needs some amount of regular exercise to boost flexibility as joint and muscle elasticity begins to wear over time.

This is why stretching as part of your exercise routine is essential. Eldergym.com recommends having stretching sessions 2-3 days per week for maintaining flexibility, with 4-5 days per week recommended for increasing flexibility.

By making this a normal part of your routine you’ll be able to:

  • Alleviate joint pain, particularly in the back
  • Alleviate the effects of arthritis
  • Improve your posture

6. Lessen the Symptoms of Depression

In addition to the ways exercise improves our bodies, one of the most worthwhile ways fitness helps us is by improving our minds. As the CDC reports, those who are elderly are at an increased risk for experiencing depression.

With regular exercise, however, seniors can alleviate the affects of depression and get back to the activities that they love to take part in.

There’s no reason not to make your Ohio retirement living one of the more rewarding periods of your life, and regular exercise can help make that happen!

7. Boost Memory

Finally, one other important benefit seniors can receive by engaging in regular exercise is seeing an increase in their memory and cognition.

By increasing blood flow to the brain, exercise has been shown to greatly affect the area responsible for memory. Tests conducted by researchers showed improvement for those with at least three months of regular exercise under their belts.

And with the increased blood flow to your brain, experts state you will also be reducing your risk of:

  • Stroke
  • Dementia
  • Heart attack
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Stay Active, Stay Healthy

So there you have it, the vital ways exercise can help you to improve your retirement years. If you’re interested in learning about some of the great activities you can enjoy as part of our Ohio retirement living community, be sure to reach out to Bristol Village today.

Our indoor swimming pool, exercise classes and state-of-the-art fitness center will help keep you active and healthy, ensuring that your golden years continue to shine!