The Benefits of Exercising as We Age
By exercising regularly, we can improve our balance and flexibility, which in turn can help us prevent falls. Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for seniors, so it’s important to do everything we can to prevent them. Exercise can also help increase our strength, making everyday activities such as carrying groceries or getting in and out of a car easier. Furthermore, regular exercise has been shown to improve brain function and memory as we age.
In addition to the physical benefits, exercising also has mental benefits. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Adults who engage in regular physical activity have a lower risk of depression and better cognitive function (including memory) than those who are inactive.” So not only can exercise help our bodies, but it can also improve our mental well-being.
What counts as exercise? Just about anything that gets you moving! Walking is a great way to start if you’re not used to being active. You can also try swimming, biking, or even Tai Chi or yoga. If you have trouble getting started, try talking to your doctor or a personal trainer at your local gym for some ideas.
No matter your age, it’s never too late to start exercising and reaping the benefits! By staying active, we can help prevent falls, maintain our independence, and improve our overall health—both mental and physical. So get out there and start moving!