Why is it Good to Stay Active as You Age?

If you’re wondering why it is good to stay active as you age, we will be exploring this topic.

 

As you get older, staying active becomes ever more important, helping you to stay fit and healthy in body, mind, and spirit.

happy senior couple exercising with dumbbells

Keeping active as you age 

 

This helps you maintain your independence for longer so you can continue to enjoy the simple pleasures in life.

The NHS recommends 150 minutes of moderate activity per week, and different types of physical activity you could consider include fast-paced walking, water aerobics, cycling, or mowing the lawn.

Despite this recommendation, over-65s is the most sedentary of all age groups.

We at Acticheck want to ensure you feel confident in your independence, during exercise and beyond. We are passionate about helping you maintain a high quality of life.

Keep reading to learn more about why it is so important for seniors to stay active.

So, why is it good to stay active as you age?

The physical benefits

Staying active as we age helps to decrease the risk of developing several health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, plus obesity, stroke, depression, dementia and even some cancers.

As we become elderly, staying fit by protecting our health with consistent, moderate exercise can help to make sure we can continue to do all the things we love for longer, like seeing our grandchildren, or getting coffee with our friends.

Keeping active can also empower you to live how you choose, for example, continuing to live at home independently as a senior.

As well as lowering the risk of developing a health condition, more generally, physical activity can improve our strength and balance, reducing our likelihood of having a fall. This means that seniors can live at home confidently and independently.

This is particularly true of exercises targeted at muscle-strengthening, which are recommended twice per week. These can include stretches with exercise bands or lifting hand weights, as well as balance exercises, such as standing on one foot, walking backwards or sideways, tai chi, or yoga.

The cognitive benefits

As well as exercising our body, staying fit also exercises our mind.

Staying active can improve cognition, particularly memory and concentration. This is because, as well as improving our overall health, exercise releases chemical compounds used in brain activity, especially in the part of the brain used for forming and storing memories.

This is particularly important to us as we age, as we are at a greater risk of cognitive decline, or at risk with conditions such as dementia.

The benefits to mental wellbeing

Similarly, exercise also benefits your mental health by boosting your mood and improving your self-esteem.

Staying active is known to reduce depression, anxiety and negative moods, as well as boosting self-confidence by giving a sense of accomplishment.

Staying fit helps us to unwind and relax, helping us to feel less stressed in our day-to-day life.  This is true of any form of exercise, whether it be aerobics, yoga, or strength training, as all physical activity boosts endorphins, which relieve pain and boost our mood, creating a general feeling of well-being.

This also helps to maintain our energy levels, as well as warding off aches and pains so we can live life to the fullest.

Conclusion

Maintaining our independence by protecting our physical, cognitive and mental health is why it is good to stay active as we age.

Acticheck can help with this – having a personal alarm system can give you and your loved ones peace of mind about your independence, whether during exercise, or going about your daily life.

Whatever happens, whenever it happens and wherever it happens, help is at hand.

We have put together a quick way of helping you find the right personal alarm for your needs which you might find helpful.

We are here to ensure that all seniors retain their independence for as long as possible, and we can answer any questions or concerns that you may have.

Contact us at any time for advice or support when choosing your wrist worn fall detector on 0345 25 75 080.