The Importance of Exercise for Seniors
Seniors take note: new data suggests regular physical activity is the key to improved physical health and well-being overall.
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The Benefits for Your Body
Staying active as a senior can have a number of benefits for your body, including:
- Bolstered bone density
- Improved muscular strength and endurance
- Heightened heart health
- Better moods and overall cognitive function
Chronic Conditions Combatted by Regular Exercise
A series of independently conducted 2013 studies on the effects of exercise in healthy older adults, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, confirms that regular physical activity not only helps maintain good health but may even prevent the onset of chronic diseases, including:
- Heart disease
5 Exercises for Seniors
Ready to get active? Here are 5 easy exercises you can do from the comfort of your own home.
- Knee Bends: Keeping your back straight, bend at the knees. Bend slowly to a comfortable level and gradually stand back up. Hold on to a nearby object for added support, if necessary. Repeat 10 times and rest.
- Arm Raises: Slowly raise your arms over your head and back down to your sides. Repeat 10-15 times and rest.
- Heel Raises: Standing up straight, rise up onto your toes and gradually back down onto your heels. Repeat 10-15 times and rest.
- Side Leg Raises: From a standing position, raise one of your legs out to one side and gradually return it to its natural position. (It’s a good idea to grasp secured nearby object for support.) Repeat 10 times per leg and rest.
- Sit to Stand: Sitting in a chair, stretch both of your arms out in front of you and rise up to a standing position. Sit back down. Repeat 10 times before resting.
For more information on the benefits of senior exercise, contact our senior health professionals here St. Paul’s Senior Services by calling (619) 239-6900 today!