How Exercise Can Help Seniors Stay Healthy

Hallmark Living Benton Harbor, Michigan. Senior Living Facility

Exercise for senior citizens can be beneficial in slowing down aging and aiding in healing and strengthening against frailty. Some of the benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • increase endorphins
  • increase oxygen to the brain
  • naturally elevate ones mood
  • elevate metabolism
  • decrease blood pressure
  • increase good cholesterol (HDL)
  • reduce risk of blood clots
  • strengthen the heart
  • improve blood sugar
  • improve digestive system
  • improve sleep patterns
  • reduce risk of osteoporosis
  • increase lung capacity
  • can increase balance and coordination
  • can help with weight control
  • can reduce stress levels
  • increase energy levels
  • strengthen the immune system
  • increase flexibility
  • improve bone strength
  • can alleviate depression
  • can prevent boredom
  • improve concentration and awareness
  • stimulate blood circulation

Simple exercises for seniors can include chair exercises, stretching exercises, breathing exercises, balance, and ball exercises.

For those with greater independent mobility and stability, they can develop a daily exercise program that includes yoga, aerobics, strength and dumbbell exercises, swimming and pool exercises.

An activity director or caregiver can also utilize various exercise equipment to work with their patients in groups or create their own exercise programs.

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Twin Cities Nursing and Rehab

1385 E Empire Ave
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Tel: (269)-925-0033