Exercise and Senior Health

August 16, 2017

Nearly everyone knows that they ought to be exercising.  Doctors remind us that a “healthy lifestyle” included balanced nutrition in addition to consistent activity.  But besides building strength and burning calories, researchers have found that at a cellular level, exercise may help to partially reverse aging!  A study was conducted by researchers studying a group of 25 volunteers whose average age was 70. The volunteers spent one hour twice a week at the gym, and the study was completed after six months of strength training under the supervision of trainers and using standard gym equipment. While the researchers expected to find that the program increased strength, they found something extraordinary in addition.  Their genes had changed to appear more like the genetic fingerprint of a younger person than what it had previously reflected.

All in all, the message from this study is clear: it is never too late to start to be active! Here are some of our suggestions for creative ways to begin a more active lifestyle. Be sure you stay safe and take it easy as you begin, and work your way up as your body gets used to extra activity.

  1. Take a walk! Walking can be a good way to get your heart pumping and burn extra calories. When weather doesn’t allow for a walk outside, there are still plenty of other options if you think outside of the box.  A large, indoor, public place, such as a mall, can be a great opportunity for exercise.
  2. Video exercises.  If you would rather stay in the comfort of your own home while you gain extra activity, exercising alongside a video is a great option! There are many different types of exercise videos to fit your abilities and interests.
  3. Join some friends! Exercising alongside of a group of friends can make everything a lot more fun.  Look for a class held at a local community center or gym that is especially for seniors, and join in on the fun!

At Tealridge Assisted Living and Memory Care community, we believe your health is priority.  Our staff is committed to making sure your retirement living is suited to you, no matter what your needs may be. Click here to contact us and learn more about how Tealridge retirement community can help you!


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