No matter your age or physical condition, it’s never
too late to start exercising and get fit.
These easy tips
will help you get started safely and make it fun:
What Are The Benefits Of Exercise For Older
There are many reasons why we tend to slow down
and become more sedentary with age. It may be due
to health problems, weight, or pain issues, or worries
about falling. Or perhaps you think that exercising
simply isn’t for you. But as you grow older, an active
lifestyle becomes more important than ever to your
A recent Swedish study found that physical activity
was the number one contributor to longevity, adding
extra years to your life—even if you don’t start
exercising until your senior years. But getting active
is not just about adding years to your life, it’s
about adding life to your years.
Getting moving can help boost your energy, maintain
your independence, protect your heart, and manage
symptoms of illness or pain as well as your weight.
Regular exercise is also good for your mind, mood,
and memory. It’s never too late to find simple,
enjoyable ways to become more active, improve your
mood and outlook, and reap all of the physical and
mental health benefits of exercise.
Physical Health Benefits of Exercise For Older
As an older adult, exercise can help you:
Maintain or lose weight. As your metabolism
naturally slows with age, maintaining a healthy weight
can become a challenge. Regular exercise helps
increase your metabolism and build muscle mass,
helping your body to burn more calories.
Reduce the impact of illness and chronic
disease. People who exercise tend to have
improved immune and digestive functioning, better
blood pressure and bone density, and a lower risk
of Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, heart
disease, osteoporosis, and certain cancers.
Enhance your mobility, flexibility, and balance.
Exercise improves your strength, flexibility, and
posture, which in turn can help with your balance
and coordination and reduce your risk of falls.
Strength training can also help alleviate the
symptoms of chronic conditions such as arthritis.
Mental Health Benefits
Exercise can also help you:
Improve how well you sleep. Quality sleep is vital
for your overall health as you get older. Regular
activity can help you fall asleep faster, sleep more
deeply, and wake feeling more energetic and
Boost your mood and self-confidence. Exercise
is a huge stress reliever and the endorphins
produced can actually help reduce feelings of
sadness, depression, and anxiety. Being active and
feeling strong can also help you feel more self-confident.
Improve your brain function. Activities like
Sudoku or crossword puzzles can help keep your
brain active, but little comes close to the beneficial
effects of exercise on the brain. It can aid brain
functions as diverse as multitasking and creativity,
and help to prevent memory loss, cognitive decline,
and dementia. Getting active may even help slow
the progression of brain disorders such as
Overcoming Obstacles To Getting Active As You
Starting or maintaining a regular exercise routine can
be a challenge at any age—and it doesn’t get any
easier as you get older. You may feel discouraged by
health problems, aches and pains, or concerns about
injuries or falls. If you’ve never exercised before, you
may not know where to begin, or you may think
you’re too old or frail and can never live up to the
standards you set when you were younger. Or maybe
you just think that exercise is boring.
While these may seem like good reasons to slow
down and take it easy as you age, they’re even better
reasons to get moving. Becoming more active can
energize your mood, relieve stress, help you manage
symptoms of illness and pain, and improve your
overall sense of well-being. And reaping the rewards
of exercise doesn’t have to involve strenuous
workouts or trips to the gym. You can gain the
benefits from adding more movement and activity to
your life, even in small ways. No matter your age or
physical condition, it’s never too late to get your body
moving, boost your health and outlook, and improve
how well you age.
Together, we can work towards our fitness
ACSM(American College of Sports
Fitness Director Graceful Aging Wellness
Robinson, L., & Smith, M. (2022, December 6). Senior exercise and fitness tips. HelpGuide.org. Retrieved January 19,
2023, from https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/exercise-and-fitness-as-you-age.htm