The Importance of Fitness For Seniors

Fitness is vital for everyone, regardless of their age.

Yet, as you get older, there is some increase in your needs, including a bigger need for being physically fit. Here are some reasons you should focus on your fitness as a senior.

Being Fit Improves Cognitive Function

Evidence shows that there is a link between physical activity and cognitive health. Some think this could be due to the increase of blood flow to all parts of the body including the brain.

Keeping a fitness routine has a positive effect on depression. As well as a reduction in damage resulting from cognitive brain disorders. Daily exercise improves coordination and communication between the brain and the body.

Helps Prevent Diseases and Injury

An active senior lifestyle can improve blood pressure and aid heart health. Getting your heart rate up for a sustained period helps to strengthen the heart.  A stronger heart can help reduce the risk of heart failure. Exercise strengthens muscles you need for balance reducing the risk of falling.

The simple act of standing, extending and stretching can help preserve flexibility. More flexibility will both reduce the risk of muscle injury, and help to slow or prevent loss of bone density.

Your Body Will Heal Better

When taxing the body, healing becomes a much more difficult process. A healthy body will be more efficient at repairs because it isn’t working as hard to keep the body alive.

  • Having a healthy heart that pumps blood to all extremities.
  • Lungs that function.
  • The digestive system that can absorb and replace vital nutrients.
  • Systems to focus on their job and replace damaged cells. 

Take care and be well.
Tommy Douglas


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