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The Undeniable Benefits of Exercise for Seniors

So maybe you have lived a sedentary lifestyle your entire life. Or maybe the thought of exercise has never crossed your mind. But seniors don’t despair. Although upwards of 60 percent of adults over the age of 65 lead a sedentary lifestyle, this does not have to be your destiny. In fact, it’s never too late to reap the benefits of exercise and seniors have even more to gain than the younger population.

As a leading provider of Redondo Beach home care, we know the importance of regular exercise. In fact, daily exercise and physical activity is an important component of our Balanced Care Method™ and we encourage all of our senior clients to participate in as much activity as physically and safely possible. Today, we wanted to share just a few of the benefits that exercise provides to seniors and older adults.

  • Body Heal Thy Self – We’ve grown accustomed to viewing the older population as frail and prone to accidents, making it easy for seniors to adopt this mentality as well. However, when participating in a regular exercise routine, seniors are able to boost their immune system which can help in preventing and recovering from sickness. Other benefits of working out include increased flexibility and muscle strength which can prevent falls and injuries.
  • What was That? – Forgetfulness is something that is associated with the aging process. However, exercise can help prevent such issues as it helps enhance the blood flow to the brain – a factor that could increase cell growth and preserve cognition. For seniors who require dementia or Alzheimer’s care in Redondo Beach, exercise can also help to delay on the onset of the disease and better manage symptoms.
  • Disease Be Gone – Nothing in life is a failsafe measure against chronic diseases, but one thing is for certain: you can’t prevent all disease but you can lower your likelihood of a diagnosis. For seniors, exercise can reduce the chances of heart disease, colon cancer, and diabetes. Additionally, a physically active senior is less likely to be hospitalized and overall death rates are lesser than those who are less active.

If you or an aging parent or loved one is thinking about beginning an exercise regimen, don’t hesitate! Getting active could be as easy as going for a walk around the block or climbing the stairs at home. Find out how exercise could benefit you or a loved one by reaching out to Home Care Assistance of Redondo Beach today. Our highly trained and compassionate caregivers provide hourly and live-in care in Redondo Beach and can assist seniors with daily exercise, household activities, personal care, transportation and so much more. Call (310) 504-0506 to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.