Physical activity is extremely important for people of any age. Studies continuously prove that exercise benefits children, teens, adults, and the elderly. But as your body gets older, it becomes harder to do activities you once enjoyed. Active senior living requires you to adjust to your body’s changes and find new ways to exercise. It’s important to remember the physical and mental health benefits of exercise for active independent seniors.
- Strength and Balance: Active senior living requires bodily strength and stability. As your body ages, it needs regular exercise to keep muscles strong. Without physical activity and strengthening, older bodies get weak. Daily activities like walking, carrying bags from the store, and getting in and out of bed become difficult when you’re frail and unbalanced.
- Disease Prevention: Exercise has been directly linked to many common age-related diseases. Active senior living helps prevent health issues, including some cancers, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Active independent seniors are also healthier overall, which extends their average lifespan and makes trips to the doctor and hospital less frequent.
- Memory: Many people are unaware of how much exercise benefits mental health. Physical activity slows down memory loss and helps prevent diseases of the brain, like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Active senior living is also shown to help those already suffering from mental health problems. Exercise improves memory for seniors in assisted living who suffer from common brain diseases.
- Happiness and Well-Being: For people of any age, exercise boosts mood and energy level. Active senior living has been directly linked to higher satisfaction and better quality of life. And if you’re physically strong, you can participate in more fun activities with your family and in your retirement community.
If you or a loved one isn’t exercising enough, it’s time for a change. At San Clemente Villas by the Sea, we strongly encourage active senior living for all of our residents. Active independent seniors and assisted living residents have access to great exercise facilities, regularly planned activities, and fun exercise classes. For more information, call (949) 485-4028.