Healthier Aging: Staying Active

on Friday, 12 May 2017.

Healthier Aging: Staying Active

Healthier Aging: Staying Active

Everyone knows that exercising is good for you, but did you know that exercise can actually reverse some of the physiological signs of aging? A recent study conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, suggests that working out may counteract some of the cellular damage we experience as a result of aging. Even at 70 or 80, it’s a great idea for seniors to stay busy. FootPrints Home Care encourages seniors to stay active and our caregivers enjoy spending time with seniors, helping them with their daily activities.

Exercising helps combat the social isolation and loneliness many seniors experience as they get older. Not only does exercising promote a positive mood and boost confidence, but the physical benefits for seniors are significant! Regular exercise can help fight off the onset of dementia, reduce high blood pressure, prevent heart disease and diabetes, and building muscle can help with back and joint pain.

FootPrints of course wants you to stay safe, so take your mobility and time constraints into consideration anytime you begin a new exercise routine. Talk to your doctor about a gentle, low-impact exercise routine and find what works for you. Some examples of appropriate activities might include gentle meditative yoga, cycling, or swimming. It’s important to note that these types of exercise can also improve flexibility and balance, which means that falls and accompanying hip fractures are less likely.

Building muscle, strengthening your body, and boosting your mood have been shown to make for healthier aging. A healthy lifestyle can greatly impact the aging process. The caregivers at FootPrints can accompany you and help you stay active and happy. It’s never too late to benefit from exercise! So, start small, get your healthcare provider’s okay, be safe, and have fun.

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