Staying mobile allows seniors to remain independent and healthy which is a huge priority. Here’s 5 reasons why staying mobile is important for seniors.
- Healthy Circulation
Staying mobile helps to maintain and improve circulation which is vital for our health. Good circulation ensures blood can transport oxygen and nutrients to body parts such as the brain, skin heart and other crucial organs.
Exercising is easier with healthy blood flow, and the more mobile you are, the better your circulation. Cardiovascular exercise, like a simple walk can help to improve your circulation.
- Bone Density
Ageing can cause a loss of bone density as our bones begin to retain less minerals such as calcium. With thinning bones, fractures become more of a concern as well as reduced mobility. Conditions such as osteoporosis, common in the ageing population can cause bones to become thin and brittle.
According to this 2014 study, weighted exercises have been shown to effectively increases bone mass density, even in elderly subjects with osteoporosis. Simple exercises with light weights, like dumbbell curls and seated shoulder presses are perfect for seniors. Weighted exercises put bones and muscles under healthy stress which can stimulate and grow them, all of which helps to keep you fit and mobile.
- Muscle Growth
By the young age of 30, our muscles stop growing and begin to lose mass. Of course, regular exercise can combat muscles loss and help you retain and grow more muscle. Muscles are important for our mobility and are used in everyday life, from simply walking and carrying things like groceries.
- Get More Sleep
As we age it’s harder to catch those important Z’s. Many people think we need less sleep as we age, however, sleepfoundation.org determines this as a common misconception. Quality rest is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Undertaking regular exercise will help to reduce stress and improve your sleep quantity and quality.
At the same time, rest is important for repairing muscles and cells. As little as 150 minutes of exercise a week has been proven to improve your sleep and of course, overall health.
- Increased Flexibility
Flexibility is one of the first things to deteriorate as age takes place. This takes place as muscle and bone mass reduces. Flexibility is obviously important for mobility and everyday tasks such as bending down to tie shoe laces, or reach up into cupboards.
Stretching is extremely important in staying mobile. The more regular exercise and stretching you do, the more mobile you will be and in turn the more independence you will have.
- A Sharper Mind
The health of your brain is important at any age. For a senior, it’s important for maintaining independence, self-esteem and confidence. It’s been found that those who walk more often have less memory decline than those who don’t walk.
Regular walking also appears to lower the risk of dementia. It’s important to note that this is just simple walking. Exercise doesn’t need to be intense for you to reap the benefits. Being mobile is important for both your body and brain.
For seniors, staying mobile is important. The benefits of regular exercise are far and wide and will ultimately help those ageing to remain confident and independent for as long as possible.
Emily is a content manager at Banfields aged care, a state of the art, luxurious facility. The Banfields facility is part of the Australian Aged Care Group, who have provided excellent care for over 50 years.