Being physically active can have many health benefits, especially for seniors. While some seniors are not able to be as active as they would like, they should try to have some level of physical activity each day. The activities do not have to be strenuous — a simple walk on a daily basis can have many benefits.
Being physically active can help prevent and treat many of the most common chronic medical conditions associated with old age. Seniors should be active for a short period of time every day. The more physical the activity, the better they will feel. They will also maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep muscles and bones strong.
• When a senior engages in daily physical activity, they are strengthening their body and their mind. This can help in the future as health issues begin to occur. Seniors can tolerate aging issues and problems much better by building their physical and mental reserves from physical activity.
• Being active does not have to involve strenuous activity. Seniors should be as active as they can tolerate. Some seniors have physical restrictions which may not allow for extensive activity which in that case, they should do as much as they can within their restriction.
• Being mentally active is just as important as being physically active. Research found that keeping the brain active seems to increase its vitality and may build its reserves of brain cells and connections. In some cases, mental stimulation generates new brains cells.
• Daily exercise can have mental health and emotional benefits as well. Studies have shown that exercise can help battle depression.
• Staying strong both mentally and physically allows us to lead a more functional, independent life.
• Continuing being socially active is also important for seniors. Having a reason to get up and out of the house will only benefit individuals both mentally and physically. Seniors who do not socialize tend to fall into depression which can lead to other health issues.
Sunset Shores Adult Day Health Center is located at 720 Barnum Avenue Cut-off in Stratford. For more information, contact Mary Pruzinsky at 203-380-1228.