The Benefits of Exercising for The Elderly

Written collectively by MAC Fitness Gloucester Employees

MAC Fitness Gloucester member, Robert Vinson keeping his heart battery healthy (literally) by working out every day!

MAC Fitness Gloucester member, Robert Vinson keeping his heart battery healthy (literally) by working out every day!

There are endless advantages to working out for all age groups, but what are they for those of an older age? Some include; preventing or delaying disease, lowering the risk of falls, creating better bone density, reduced risk of developing dementia, and living a longer life. Below are a few more things that exercise can help older adults with:

1. Prevents injuries

2. Improve Balance and Stability

3. Develop bodily strength

4. Daily tasks are easier to do

5. Reduces pain

Aging correlates to lesser balance and stability. By working out, you are decreasing the risk of a life-threatening fall. In addition, you are also making your bones stronger during exercise. Therefore, if you do suffer a fall, you are less likely to break bones.

Along with falls, as you age you are more susceptible to sicknesses. By exercising, you are preventing diseases such as dementia and cancer by building your immune system up through fitness. It can also help in management of high cholesterol; keeping cholesterol levels within a healthy range can help to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Staying in shape also has long term life benefits. According to the World Health Organization, leading a sedentary lifestyle is one of the 5 leading causes of death and disability. Even gentle, regular exercise such as walking, or swimming can increase lifespan by around three to five years.

While exercising is good for all ages, it can also benefit the elderly in very important ways. Experts say seniors should aim to be as active as possible. If you are an older adult, you can reap the many benefits of exercise to live a longer, healthier life!

Try these exercised at home or at the gym, to help keep you strong:

1. Seated side bends. Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor, keeping one hand behind your head and the other reaching towards the floor

2. Bridges

3. Supermans

4. Leg lifts

What our MAC FITNESS Members have to say, as to why they exercise:

• “GATE - If I were to fall or get hurt, I want to make sure that I have been stretching and exercising making my recovery faster. GATE is important in this process.” -Larry Rubin, age 69

• “To make sure that my body can keep up with my mind. As I transition from working less to playing more, I want to be able to move freely.” -Teresa Zing, age 55

• “I work out at the age of 94 so I do not fall. I like to have good mobility so I can still chase women downhill.” -Herbert Hurwitz, age 94

• “I work out so I can live like my Mother until 97, and so I can live like my grandmother until 103.” -Carla Grillo, age 65

• “I work out daily to have a healthy heart and to charge my batteries, literally.” Rob Vinson, age 72

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