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The Benefits of Exercise | The Aging Suite
  • The Benefits of Exercise

    Posted on January 18, 2010 by in Featured

    No doubt, many of us have made resolutions and goals to get healthier this year.  For most of us, this probably means trying to exercise more and for some of us, it means doing some form at exercise at all.  Regardless of your age, exercise is beneficial.  The benefits of exercise for those  who want to age in place include becoming healthier, stronger, increasing endurance and reducing the likelihood of falling.  Study after study states the benefits of exercise and warns about the lack of inactivity.  Lack of exercise can contribute to

    • Obesity
    • Diabetes
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Hypertension
    • Osteoporosis
    • Depression

    Well, the good thing is it’s never too late to start exercising.  Research indicates that exercise can improve:

    • Strength
    • Mobility
    • Endurance
    • Balance
      • Reduction of falls
      • Autonomic tone
      • Coronary blood flow

    Exercising can take several forms including aerobic exercises and strength or resistance training.  For someone trying to age in place, resistance training can make activities such as doing laundry, carrying groceries, unloading the dishwasher, and rearranging furniture easier.

    Strength or resistance training has been shown to develop and maintain

    • Muscle strength
    • Endurance
    • Muscle mass

    Additionally, resistance training has been shown to be beneficial in the prevention and management of

    • Osteoporosis
    • Lower back pain
    • Obesity
    • Diabetes
    • Sarcopenia
    • Falls

    Aerobic exercise improves endurance, and strengthens the heart and lungs.  Aerobic activities for the aging in place adult can make activities such as vacuuming, gardening, washing the car, and walking the dog easier.  Aerobic activity has been shown to:

    • Benefit cognitive function in older adults
    • Activate your immune system
    • Strengthen your heart which results in your heart pumping more efficiently
    • Reduce the risk of obesity
    • Increase your good cholesterol and lowers your bad cholesterol
    • Reduce the risk of heart disease,
    • Reduce the high blood pressure,
    • Reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and stroke
    • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
    • Helps lower high blood pressure and control blood sugar

    Stretching is also an important part of exercise and should be done with aerobic and/or resistance training 2-3 days/week.  (Stretching exercises should exercise the major muscles and tendons).  Stretching can make everyday activities like cleaning mirrors, putting on your shoes, and cleaning your bathtub easier.  The benefits of stretching include:

    • Increased tendon flexibility
    • Increased joint range of motion
    • Better muscle performance

    Remember, it’s never too late to start exercising.  It can improve the quality of your life and help you in your goal to age in place.  Join us next week as we discuss the benefits of Tai Chi.

    Sources:  Health benefits of physical activity: The evidence, Mayo Clinic ,

    Resistance Exercise in Individuals With and Without Cardiovascular Disease
    Benefits, Rationale, Safety, and Prescription An Advisory From the Committee on Exercise, Rehabilitation, and Prevention, Council on Clinical Cardiology, American Heart Association

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