Exercise and physical activity is important to maintain throughout every stage of life. Activities for adults in assisted living communities also envelop the social and emotional aspects.
Even the older adult who has never before committed to an exercise program can enjoy the many benefits of exercise in their golden years. Being active has life-changing positive consequences.
Some of the exercise activities available to assisted living residents include:
- Low-impact aerobics
- Dance aerobics done to music
- Wheelchair yoga
- Tai chi
- Chair exercises
- Yoga mat stretches
- Swimming classes for seniors
- Aqua-aerobics for seniors
- Strength exercise routines
- Balance exercise programs
- Endurance exercises that increase heart rate
What are some of the benefits of engaging in regular exercise?
- Helps get the blood flowing throughout the body
- Increases resistance to illness and viruses
- Improves balance
- Helps to stay flexible and mobile for a longer time
- Increases blood flow to the brain
- Helps cognitive abilities
- Scrabble and board games that are mentally challenging
- Crossword puzzles and Sudoku that are at levels high enough to be a challenge
Science and research are always uncovering new findings regarding nutrition and exercise. But something that keeps getting more and more support is that exercise is a vital part of good health, both physical and mental. Mild to moderate exercise on a regular basis has been shown to reduce the risk of developing disease. People who are more active tend to be a lot healthier in many ways than those who don’t. Studies show that inactive people are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and more.
Feeling better physically and mentally usually results in a better emotional outlook as well. When seniors stay physically fit they are also more likely to keep up their social activities. Muscle mass goes on a downward slope with age. Starting in the 40s, adults may lose up to 5% of muscle mass with each passing decade, and the decline continues to increase to 7% after age 50.
We need to maintain muscle to do things like burn calories, keep us strong, maintain our weight, keep our bones strong and have a good sense of balance.
But it’s no reason to give up. Studies with older adults have shown that weight lifting increased muscle mass in the thighs by 2.7% and participants felt stronger and were able to balance better after only a few weeks; they noticed even greater gains after a few months of continued workouts.
For more information about Pipestone Place Assisted Living in Shavano Park, TX or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.
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