When it comes to retirement, it can be really tempting to just relax at home and let your muscles rest after years of hard work. On top of this, for older adults that are dealing with health concerns or reduced mobility, exercising might seem like a risky activity that can lead to injuries.
However, research has shown that not only is staying active crucial for a high quality of life, but the benefits also very clearly outweigh any risks. Here is a list of reasons why everyone, especially older adults, should maintain an active lifestyle.
Staying Active Improve Your Sleep Quality
If you are struggling to get enough sleep each night or struggle with staying asleep, having an active lifestyle may help to alleviate that. By adding aerobic exercises into your daily routine, you are able to raise your average core body temperature and boost your ability to achieve deeper sleep when your body starts to cool down. If you are able to work out around two to three hours before the time you plan to sleep, it will help you to not just fall asleep faster, but also to ensure that you wake up feeling well-rested.
Staying Active Helps to Regulate Your Body Weight
Whether you are trying to lose weight or maintain your current body weight, exercise is an important factor. For most of us, our metabolism will slow down as we continue to age, making exercise even more important as we grow older. By incorporating strength training or cardio workouts, you are able to ensure that you contain to build and develop muscle mass which helps to increase your metabolism.
Staying Active Boosts Bone Strength and Health
Bones, like our muscles, are a type of living tissue and can react in the same way to the level of physical activity you have. This means that the more sedentary or active your lifestyle is, your body will adapt. For example, if you find yourself moving less, your muscle mass and bone density will reduce as they become weaker. Ensuring that you maintain healthy bones is important to prevent or alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.
Embark on a Health and Wellness Journey with The Park Oak Grove
Here at The Park Oak Grove, we understand that remaining healthy and keeping active is hard to do on your own, especially if you are not sure of where to start. This is why our team has curated a set of holistic exclusive senior living programs that are designed to encapsulate all aspects of a person’s wellness. Each of our residents in our senior living community will be able to choose which activities best suit their interests and needs to ensure that they have something to look forward to each day.
For more information or to schedule a tour of our amazing grounds and amenities, you can contact us by either filling in this online form or by calling our senior living coordinator at 540.348.2669.