Regular Exercise is the Key to Faster Recovery for Seniors

Everyone knows that exercise is one of the keys to good health, but it has been recently discovered that it has other benefits as well for seniors. Elderly people who exercise on a regular basis are not only healthier in general, but they are also more likely to recover faster if they get sick. On top of that, seniors who exercise on a regular basis are also less likely to suffer severe injuries from an accident than seniors who get little or no exercise at all.

Exercise has many health benefits including improved heart work and a healthier body weight. Regular exercise also helps to build or maintain muscle, and can slow or even reverse bone loss.elderly_work_out Since most seniors are concerned with remaining independent as long as possible, getting them to exercise on a regular basis should be a priority.

However, the most important thing to remember about exercising as you age is that you don’t have to work out at really high intensity. You don’t have to go to the gym and lift weights. You don’t have to go out for a long run. Instead, you should choose workouts that are less strenuous. For example, going for a one-hour walk daily is often enough to get the health benefits of regular exercise. If you feel up to it, you can carry a couple of light dumbbells when you walk, or you can use a bit heavier dumbbells at home to maintain the strength you have and prevent muscle degradation.

So exactly how much does regular exercise improve the odds of seniors recovering from an injury? According to research, by one third. That’s roughly about 33% of seniors who are in their later years exercise on a regular basis that will recover more quickly and completely from a potential injury than their sedentary counterparts.

As for why seniors who exercise on a regular basis tend to suffer less severe injuries, it’s a simple matter of being physically stronger and more flexible when they may have an accident. Since regular exercise builds muscle and increases bone density, a fall or a similar type of minor accident will generally inflict less damage on a senior that works out and is in good shape for his or her age.

Everyone should be exercising regularly, but a common misconception is that seniors should be less active due to their advanced years. That is not the case. It’s just that the elderly should engage in physical activity that is more suitable for them given their respectable age.