On Wednesday we discussed the importance of exercising your brain, and today we’ll turn to your physical health. Physical fitness is one of the major cornerstones of maintaining a happy and healthy body, as well as a sharp mind. Despite a growing rate of Americans suffering from obesity, most people recognize the value of maintaining an active lifestyle and engaging in physical activity.
For adults over the age of 65, regular physical activity becomes one of the most important contributors towards a healthy and long life. However, those under 65 abide by a set of guidelines that may not be what older individuals with different needs desire. As a result, a different set of useful guidelines on physical activity are necessary. These guidelines offer older adults with an excellent road map towards a more active and healthy lifestyle.
How Physical Activity Helps Older Adults
Although everyone benefits from regular physical activity, adults over 65 who maintain an active lifestyle benefit most from regular exercise. Maintaining an active lifestyle that involves plenty of moderate to vigorous physical activity can help prevent a wide variety of age-related health problems. Health issues such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure often cause more harm in older adults who maintain a sedentary lifestyle as opposed to more active adults.
These are the benefits that older adults receive by keeping up an active lifestyle in combination with a healthy diet:
- Show significant physiological signs of improved health
- Have lower rates of high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and colon cancer
- Exhibit fewer symptoms of depression and other mental issues
- Exhibit a higher standard of cardiorespiratory fitness as well as muscular strength
- Show significant improvement in weight, body mass and composition
- Less likely to experience loss of flexibility or strength as they age
- Show lower risks of hip fractures, vertebral fractures or other similar conditions
Learn more about the guidelines to follow so you can craft active, healthy living during your retirement on our Physical Activity for Older Adults page.