Exercise and the Elderly : The Myths & The Facts

Exercise and Us! 

Not only does exercise help us maintain our physical health, it also improves the mental state - making it a necessary activity for maintaining a good overall health regimen. This is true for all of us, but it is especially important to folks in their older years.

There is a common misconception that elderly people shouldn’t participate in exercise regularly. Contrary to popular belief, there are many studies that prove this to be 100% false. In fact, senior citizens have the most to gain from adding regular exercise to their schedule.

 At first it may seem like a chore, but once it becomes a regular part of the weekly routine it only gets easier and many seniors who exercise regularly find that it is something that improves their day to day lives. Exercising when you haven’t in a while can be challenging at any age, but with so much reward we owe it to ourselves to meet the challenge and encourage our loved ones to do the same. 

The Benefits

Physical Health 

  • Reducing the impact of illnesses and chronic diseases – Seniors who spend time exercising have been shown to have improved immune and digestive functioning, better blood pressure and bone density, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis, and even a higher resistance to certain cancers.
  • Maintaining healthy weight – As we all know, metabolism naturally slows down with age and sustaining a healthy weight can be a challenge. When seniors exercise it stimulates the metabolism and builds muscle mass, helping to burn more calories.
  • Improving mobility and balance – Exercise improves balance in older folks by building strength, flexibility and good posture, which in turn will help with balance and coordination, thus reducing the risk of falls. All the while alleviating symptoms of chronic conditions such as arthritis.

Mental Health 

  • Improving cognitive function, helping seniors say sharp – Exercise is beneficial to brain functions such as multitasking memory loss prevention, cognitive decline, and dementia. Being active in your later years may even help to slow the progression of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Elevating mood and treating depression – Getting active have been scientifically proven to improve your mood. When you take the time to exercise your brain releases a feel-good chemical called endorphins. Making exercise a free AND natural relief from depression and anxiety, without any side effects.
  • Getting better sleep – Exercising will help you get the best sleep of your life and even regulate your sleeping patterns. If you’re a night owl or have trouble sleeping, consider trying some relaxing exercises such as yoga or some light stretching before bed, many people swear by it. 

The Myths and the Facts

Myth – “Older people are too tired or weak and need to spend their time inactive at home.”

Fact – When seniors exercise they build strength, mobility and even gain energy. With all that extra energy and improved mobility they are able to do the more of the things they love but usually just don’t feel like doing. There are so many people who exercise in the morning and will tell you they that when they skip out on it, they have less energy to last them the rest of the day. Its quite ironic, that the remedy for being tired is actually just getting active.

Myth – “There’s no way for seniors in a wheelchair or have other disabilities to exercise.”

Fact – With so many excellent exercise equipment options available for people with disabilities, this myth could not be more false. Park Warehouse has an entire line of exercise equipment especially optimized for older folks, and people who need special accommodation. You may be in a wheelchair, but you can still access all the incredible benefits of exercise. Never let a disability keep you from living your best life.

Myth – “Going for a walk around the neighborhood is enough exercise.”

Fact – Although going on walks is a great thing to do, a complete exercise regimen for seniors should include muscle strengthening activities, flexibility exercises, and aerobics. Health is love. When you show your body love in all the areas it needs, your body will love you back and you will experience relief from aches and pains. Why do the bare minimum when you could have it all?

Get Outdoor Fitness & Exercise Equipment in your Community TODAY!

Having equipment available for residents residing in retirement communities, independent living facilities, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities can be a great benefit for residents!

Not only does it improve the overall health of the community, it also enriches lives  along the way. If you manage or work in a facility helping the elderly without access to proper exercise equipment, we can help fix that.

Park Warehouse is a company that cares about the health of senior citizens and we WILL go above and beyond to get the very best in optimized exercise equipment available in your assisted living facility, active adult community or retirement community.

Are you a resident of such a community? Tell you management company to contact us, we provide a variety of outdoor fitness equipment and outdoor fitness equipment with assisted & accessible design.

About Park Warehouse
Park Warehouse carries high-quality commercial site furnishings for all types of indoor and outdoor facilities, like parks, office buildings, schools, and playgrounds. Consumers can purchase benches, bike racks, picnic tables, trash receptacles, bleachers, lockers, grills, dog park equipment, structures, message centers, umbrellas, traffic equipment, and more. While the company is based in Boca Raton, they supply commercial outdoor furnishings to customers throughout the nation.

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