Helping Your Loved One Start an Exercise Routine | Executive Care of Princeton

Having a hard time convincing an aging loved one that exercise is necessary? Well, maybe sharing some of the many health-related benefits of physical activity would be helpful.

While exercise is beneficial for every person of every age, it’s especially helpful for those who are older. It can help promote a long, healthy life and a high quality of living.

Physical Benefits Associated With Exercise

If motivation for exercising regularly is lacking in your loved one, consider the many ways that physical fitness is helpful:

Decrease in falls. One in three older adults fall each year, but exercising regularly can help ensure your loved one doesn’t become a part of that number.

Improvement in chronic conditions. Older adults often have at least one chronic conditions, such as heart disease or arthritis. Regular exercise can help limit the symptoms of those conditions and improve quality of life.

Stronger immune system. Exercise provides a boost to overall immunity and makes it easier to fight off disease.

Increase in mobility. As muscles and nerves get used regularly and grow stronger, day-to-day mobility becomes easier.

Increase in energy. Exercise is known to increase blood flow and rid the body of stress hormones, leaving the body free to expend energy on other things.

Lower blood pressure. Not only can exercise lower blood pressure for everyone, but it can also help those with chronic hypertension experience fewer symptoms.

Psychological Benefits Associated With Exercise

While there obviously many physical benefits of regular physical activity, there are many cognitive and mental benefits, too:

Improved mood. Exercise is a general mood enhancer and can lessen symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Reduced stress. A small amount of stress is normal and can actually be helpful, but too much stress is not a good thing. Regular exercise can help manage stress so that it doesn’t have a negative impact on health.

Improved focus. Exercise is a well-known deterrent to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, and it has also been shown to improve overall focus as well.

Exercises for Your Loved One to Enjoy

If your loved one finds a physical activity he or she loves, it doesn’t matter what it is! But certain exercises have been shown to be easy on the bodies and minds of older adults:

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Pilates
  • Yoga

Beyond the ideas listed above, any type of activity that promotes a healthy balance is a positive. Our balance often diminishes as we get older, so anything that improves that is beneficial.

At Executive Care of Princeton, we work alongside you to be sure your loved one is staying healthy and fulfilled in all aspects of life. Get in touch today to learn more about our in-home services.

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