Senior Exercise | June 28, 2021
Physical Activity Helps Seniors | It is estimated that more than 90% of older adults have at least one chronic condition while around 77% of seniors struggle with two ongoing health issues or more. Besides being a big burden on the family budget, chronic conditions often lead to disability and loss of independence in seniors. On the bright side, the effects of common chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes can be significantly mitigated by introducing a physician-prescribed exercise routine.
Unfortunately, staying physically active can be very challenging if not impossible for seniors diagnosed with a chronic condition. The problem is that most chronic conditions lead to reduced activity and a sedentary lifestyle, which in turn only aggravates the symptoms and quickens the progression of the disease. Breaking this cycle requires the help of a trained medical professional who can assess your loved one’s physical abilities and recommend an adequate exercise program.
Needless to say, health benefits for seniors who introduce some form of exercise regimen into their regular routine are simply amazing. Many studies have shown that a 30-minute exercise practiced five days a week reduces the risk of death for those with cardiovascular disease by 20%. By staying physically active, your mom or dad can reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, lose weight, and feel more energized.
Those with type 2 diabetes can enjoy similar benefits too. Engaging in a senior-friendly exercise can help your loved one with diabetes to improve their blood glucose, lipid, and blood pressure levels. Repeating high-intensity 10-minute workouts three times a day five to seven days a week can enable your mom or dad to maintain optimal blood glucose and weight levels and reap some additional health benefits in the process.
Adopting a physically active lifestyle also contributes to minimizing the risks of certain types of cancer such as prostate, colon, or breast cancer. Cancer patients may also have a better chance of combating the disease when they can exercise on a regular basis.
Last but certainly not least, taking the time to exercise with your loved one is probably the best way to show support and let them know you care. If your busy schedule prevents you from being there in person, hiring a professional in-home caregiver can be a good solution.
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