At an early age, we are already encouraged to have an active lifestyle, and we are also encourage to practice that lifestyle up until we grow old. But why is exercise especially important to older adults? Provided are 10 reasons why our elderly population should make a habit of exercising regularly.
#1 Exercise helps put off osteoporosis, one of the major health problems that occur in with old age. It does so by increasing bone strength.
#2 The elderly are also prone to slips and falls. This is because we tend to lose balance and coordination as we age. However, if people were to engage in balance and strength training, this can be delayed.
#3 Later on in life, people experience vertebral disk degeneration, which affects a person’s pulmonary function. Exercise can prevent this from happening, in turn preventing deformities in the thoracic cavity that decreases our capacity to breathe effectively.
#4 Regular exercise is known to maintain good cardiovascular activity. And with a healthy heart and vascular system, one is free from heart disease, the major cause of death and disability in older adults.
#5 Another health problem that plagues us is Type Diabetes or Non Insulin-Dependent Diabetes. Engaging in aerobic exercises helps regulate glucose levels in the blood, preventing the development of diabetes.
#6 You will notice that, when we lack exercise, our body becomes less flexible. It hinders us from achieving complete range of motion. Because of that, we are unable to perform certain activities like we used to. And this can be seen especially in older adults.
#7 A lot of older adults are concerned with being a burden to their loved ones. With proper exercise, you don’t have to be as it helps you maintain good functional capacity. It also helps maintain your independence, so you will be able to continue performing your activities of daily living.
#8 Those of us who undergo strength training know that this type of exercise can increase muscle mass that increases metabolism. This is highly beneficial to the elderly since aging brings about changes in body composition and organ function which lead to the decrease of metabolism and elimination.
#9 People who exercise also get to improve their mood. They don’t get stressed out so easily, and they get to avoid feeling depressed.
#10 As people age, they begin to experience loss, and they tend to lose this sense of belongingness. It would mean the world if they were able to join exercise groups so they would be able to have the social interaction they require.