While physical fitness is important for people of all ages, seniors can especially benefit from regular exercise. Many seniors do not get regular activity for a variety of reasons. Common excuses include: not knowing where to begin or what to do; thinking of exercise as boring or a chore; believing he or she is too weak or frail to exercise; fear of injury; lack of motivation.
Senior fitness does so much more than just provide physical benefits. Physical activity can increase mental agility, create interest and allow a person to feel involved and connected with others. The physical benefits to regular exercise for seniors can improve physical aliments such as discomfort from arthritis, osteoporosis and joint pain, all while improving flexibility. Weight~bearing exercise will also help increase bone density which can help to combat osteopenia and osteoporosis. In addition to improving your current health and fitness, exercise can help keep other medical conditions at bay. The risk for developing heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, certain types of cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia are all lowered with regular physical activity.