Benefits of physical activity for seniors

October 23rd, 2019

Exercise has countless benefits for those of all ages, including a healthier heart, stronger bones and improved flexibility. Health experts advise that regular exercise for the elderly offers great benefits, including extending their lifespan, reducing the risk of chronic diseases, lowering the chance of injury and even improving one’s mood. But alarmingly, only one in four people between the ages of 65 and 74 exercise regularly.

Some of the key benefits of physical activities for seniors are:

  • Improved healing and function
    • Regular exercise by seniors may decrease the time it takes for a wound to heal by 25%. Also, a healthy, strong body can better fight off infection and makes recovery from illness or injury easier.

  • Prevention of disease or chronic conditions
    • According to the National Institute of Ageing, exercising as a senior may delay or even prevent diseases like diabetes, cancer, stroke, heart disease and osteoporosis, just to name a few.

  • Increased balance and stability
    • Falls are the number one injury among seniors, and regular exercise can help prevent them. Falling leads to injuries such as broken hips or other bones, and exercise is a key component to improve functional reach and balance. Balance and coordination exercises, such as tai chi, can help reduce the risk of falls.

  • Improved quality of life and increased life expectancy
    • New studies have found that seniors who exercise improve not only their physical fitness but experienced psychological benefits as well. Exercise can help alleviate symptoms of depression and improve the mood in general. The increased mobility that comes from regular, moderate exercise can help a senior maintain his or her independence if it is done on a long-term basis. Consistency is more important than intensity.

It is never too late for seniors to start engaging in a regular exercise routine. Here at My Aged Care, our physiotherapists can help in reducing joint and muscle pain and discomfort. We also offer fitness classes for general well-being and health. Some of our treatments include :

  • Active exercise
  • Stretching/ strengthening exercise
  • Bed mobility training
  • Sit to stand
  • Weight bearing / transfer
  • Balance exercise
  • Gait training
  • Stairs climbing training
  • Breathing exercise
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