Emotional Benefits of Exercise for Seniors
When you think about the benefits of exercising, what do you think of? Is it becoming more limber? Is it staying in shape? Or just flat out keeping you active? Although all of these are correct and great benefits of exercising, there are many more benefits that go beyond the physical.
An essential benefit of exercise includes emotional well-being. Physical activities like walking, biking, yoga, and dancing can help your seniors reduce feelings of stress and depression because of the release of serotonin. Regular exercise is essential for seniors as it helps maintain the level of brain chemicals, decreases mood disorder symptoms, reduces stress, and gives a feeling of calmness and relaxation.
Recent studies show that inactivity increases the chances of dementia among seniors. Regular exercise increases the blood flow to the brain, which keeps the cells healthy. Exercise increases the production of brain chemicals and growth factors. This increase helps keep existing cells healthy and grow new brain cells, increasing memory.
Seniors tend to experience a lack of sleep. A great way for your senior to improve their sleep quality can be exercising! Physical activity increases the time of deep sleep, which further helps in boosting the immune system and controlling anxiety and stress. Moreover, exercise requires an output of energy, which makes you feel tired, and results in longer and more peaceful sleep.
Seniors are at a higher risk of falls than younger adults. Exercising reduces the risk of falling by building a better bone density, making bones stronger. Exercising also improves balance and coordination.
Exercising can also help your seniors feel happier overall! When you exercise, your body stimulates the hormone dopamine in our brains, releasing the feeling of being happy. Studies show that as we get older, the dopamine levels in our brains decrease. Exercising is a great way to boost that dopamine hormone!
Schedule a tour at Evergreen Senior Living in Orland Park to experience the unique ways we help our seniors exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle, a positive mindset, and a happy life.