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Physical Activity (Exercise) Enhances Well-Being for Seniors

October 4th, 2023

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Physical activity plays a pivotal role in maintaining overall health and well-being, regardless of age. For seniors residing at CRISTA Senior Living, engaging in regular exercise is a wonderful way to boost vitality, maintain mobility, and promote a sense of independence. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of exercise for seniors and highlight some of the best activities tailored specifically for the residents of CRISTA Senior Living.

The Benefits of Physical Activity for Seniors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend adults aged 65 have at least 150 minutes a week (for example, 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week) of moderate-intensity activity such as brisk walking. Or they need 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity activity such as hiking, jogging, or running; at least 2 days a week of activities that strengthen muscles; and activities to improve balance, such as standing on one foot.

Regular physical activity offers numerous advantages for seniors, both physically and mentally. Here are some key benefits:

Enhanced Physical Health: Exercise improves cardiovascular health, strengthens bones and muscles, increases flexibility, and enhances balance and coordination. It can also alleviate symptoms of chronic conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Improved Mental Well-being: Exercise positively impacts mental health by reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. Physical activity stimulates the release of endorphins, which help elevate mood and promote happiness and well-being.

Cognitive Enhancement: Studies have shown that exercise can improve cognitive function and memory, reducing the risk of cognitive decline and conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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The Best Physical Activities for Seniors

At CRISTA Senior Living, the focus is on providing safe and effective exercise options tailored to the resident’s needs and abilities. Here are some of the best exercises recommended for seniors:

Walking: Walking, both indoors and outdoors, is an exercise that people can enjoy as a low-impact activity. It promotes cardiovascular health, strengthens leg muscles, and improves balance. Residents at CRISTA Senior Living in Shoreline take advantage of a beautiful 56-acre campus for refreshing walks, and those living at Crista Shores in Silverdale enjoy a 5-mile paved trail next to Dyes Inlet.

Strength Training: Strength training exercises help build and maintain muscle mass, improve bone density, and enhance overall strength. Residents can participate in resistance training using light weights, resistance bands, or even their body weight, with guidance from trained professionals.

Balance and Flexibility Exercises: Balance and flexibility exercises are crucial for preventing falls and maintaining mobility. Gentle yoga, Tai Chi, and stretching routines can help improve flexibility, posture, and core strength, all contributing to better balance and stability.

Water-Based Activities: Water exercises, such as aqua aerobics or swimming, provide a low-impact workout while minimizing joint stress. Water activities can improve cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, and range of motion. CRISTA Senior Living offers aqua classes in their pool.

Chair Exercises: Chair exercises accommodate individuals with limited mobility or those who prefer seated workouts. These exercises target the upper and lower body, including arm curls, leg extensions, and seated yoga poses, improving strength and flexibility.

Keep Safety First When Being Physically Active

Safety should always be a priority when engaging in physical activity. Here are some essential tips:

Consult a Healthcare Professional: Before starting any exercise program, it’s essential to consult with your doctor to make sure it aligns with your health conditions and limitations.

Start Slowly: Begin with gentle exercises and gradually increase the intensity and duration over time. This approach helps prevent injuries and allows the body to adapt to the new routine.

Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercise to maintain proper hydration.

Use Proper Equipment: When engaging in strength training or other activities, use appropriate equipment, such as supportive shoes, comfortable clothing, and any necessary assistive devices.

Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to any discomfort or pain during exercise. If something doesn’t feel right, stop the activity and seek guidance from a fitness professional or healthcare provider.

At CRISTA Senior Living, maintaining an active lifestyle through regular exercise is encouraged to promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being. By incorporating various exercises, including walking, strength training, balance and flexibility exercises, water-based activities, and chair exercises, residents can enjoy the numerous benefits of staying active. Remember, exercise is not just about staying fit; it is an opportunity to socialize, have fun, and embrace the joy of movement at any age.

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