What Are The Benefits Of Regular Physical Activity For Seniors?

Regular physical activity for seniors is one of the best preventive measures for falls and severe accidents. The World Health Organization recommends that older adults aged 65 and above do different, multicomponent activities. These activities should help with strength and balance and can be done around three days a week. 

When regular physical activity becomes a part of your routine, you can reap the following benefits:

Improve Bone Density

When you do exercises that are weight-bearing, you can improve and build your bone density. In return, this will prevent you from developing fractures and even osteoporosis. Regular exercise encourages your bones to adapt by building cells.

Promote Heart Health

Both strength training and cardio can help manage occurrences of heart disease. Moreover, you can promote your overall cardiovascular health. Since exercise elevates your heart rate, your blood flow improves as well.

Prevent Falls

As falls are the #1 cause of injuries among older adults, exercise is one of the preventive measures for this. Regular physical activity improves your balance and tones your muscles so that you regain your stability.

Lower Risk for Dementia

Exercise not only fosters better mental health, but it can also lower your risk for developing dementia. Through exercise, you can sharpen your motor skills and cognitive functions.  

Manage Other Diseases

When you are physically fit, you can manage other diseases or prevent them from occurring altogether. Exercise lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol and encourages you to maintain a healthy weight.

Ready to get started on your fitness journey as an older adult? It’s never too late to start! Here are some of the best exercises for seniors. Check out Senior Strong for more advice to help seniors live healthy lives! 

Was this article helpful?
William Rivers is an editor with a master’s degree in Human Services Counseling at Maine State University. He has more than 20 years of experience working in the senior healthcare industry.
After years of living under the care of your parents and other family members, the time will arrive for you to reciprocate. At Senior Strong, you can show your loved ones just how much you value them.
Senior Strong © Copyright 2023, All Rights Reserved