As people get older, their bodies and minds change. Their muscles shorten, their bones grow brittle, and their coordination and balance may decrease. They may also find their memories start to deteriorate and they start to feel depressed.
One way to combat these changes is through regular physical exercise. This is why it’s incredibly important to have physical fitness programs at senior assisted living communities. The more active a senior is, the more they can beat off the hands of time, so to speak.
Here are a few things that regular physical exercise can improve:
Although this may seem obvious, the more your exercise, the better your body will be. Stretching can help lengthen your muscles. The more you move, no matter what kinds of exercise you’re doing, the stronger your bones will be and the better your coordination. It can also help strengthen your heart and lungs and help you fight off certain diseases.
The more blood flowing through our body as we exercise, the more blood flowing through our brains. How is that good? The more blood moving through our brains, the better our thinking and remembering. Becoming forgetful is a common problem as we age, and exercise can help slow that down.
Many people living in an independent living facility will experience depression. Some people aren’t ready to be completely independent. Others have lost a loved one. Others just hate Alberta winters. But whatever the reason, exercise is a natural cure for depression. Just going for a walk boosts your mood and makes you feel happier. Those endorphins that run through your body when you exercise will chase away the winter blues.
Assisted living communities know the value of a regular physical fitness program. Come see what we’re doing at The Hamlets at Cedarwood Station.