If you want to grow old gracefully and enjoy all that your senior years and retirement have to offer, you need to stay fit! American House Senior Living Senior Living Communities understand that, and that’s why their life enrichment directors plan exciting and engaging outings and in-house activities. These activities are designed to stimulate both the body and the mind. We share the benefits of exercise for older adults in this article.

Exercise benefits everyone at any age. Unless your doctor tells you not to add activity to your daily routine, we believe that older active adults who do exercise regularly typically enjoy happier, healthier and longer lives.

The Benefits Of Exercise For Older Adults

Chances are, you know people who seem to look and act “older than their age.” The reason could simply be that they’re not getting up and moving around. Exercise for seniors doesn’t mean you need to run a marathon or climb a mountain, but what it does mean is making sure you’re getting some daily activity. The exercise you get involved in will be determined by your level of fitness, how active you currently are and the recommendation of your doctor.

You certainly don’t want to go from couch potato to marathon runner. But you can go from limited movement and activity to taking a short walk outdoors or strolling the hallways outside your apartment here at American House in Michigan.

Staying active might eliminate the risk of certain diseases and could also help prevent trip-and-fall injuries. Older adults who are more active are also more likely to have better balance than their more sedentary counterparts.

What are some habits that older adults can have to stay active?

  1. Park your car further from the store and walk.
  2. Take the stairs instead of an elevator.
  3. Practice chair yoga.
  4. Ride an exercise bike.
  5. Get up and do some stretches during television commercials.

Adults who want to be more active find simple ways to work more movement into their daily activities.

How will physical activity benefit you as you age?

  1. Lowers your risk of heart disease, stroke or type 2 diabetes.
  2. Improves your balance and strength.
  3. Could alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  4. Could help with overall mental health.
  5. Movement prevents bone loss.
  6. You might see a boost in your mood!

What activities can a senior citizen easily do?

  1. Take a walk.
  2. Try chair yoga.
  3. Do stretches.
  4. Lift “weights” at home by using canned foods as your weights.

Find a friend or an accountability buddy who wants to walk with you to help keep you motivated. And it’s more enjoyable to share an activity with a friend, right?

Now that spring is in full bloom and summer is just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to add activity to your daily routine!

American House was founded in 1979 to enrich the lives of seniors and their loved ones in an environment that fosters independence, compassion, quality services and meaningful relationships. We provide a wide range of senior living options, including independent living, independent living with assistance, memory care services provided by a third party, respite stays and hospice in Dearborn Heights, Farmington Hills, Rochester Hills, Sterling Heights and Westland.

Call an American House Senior Living community near you today to schedule a tour of one of our beautiful facilities and ask questions to help put your mind at ease if you’re considering a move for an aging loved one, spouse or even for yourself.