The benefits of regular exercise are well known to many people. But should people older than 65 years exercise? According to Rochester (MN) based physical therapist Michael Milnes, the elderly can benefit from exercise just like younger people. Through regular exercise, they can strengthen the immune system to fight off disease and improve their mood.
When the body starts ageing, it takes a little longer to recover from illness or repair broken cells. However, moderate physical exercise provides more benefits than risks to the elderly. Even those with chronic diseases can enjoy exercise safely. Exercise improves many medical conditions, including high blood pressure, various types of cancer, heart disease, obesity, and dementia, among others.
For the elderly, regular exercise can improve:
Regular cardiovascular exercises boost oxygen intake in the bloodstream, thus improving the body’s ability to deliver nutrients to the various organs and eliminate waste. When you make cardio exercise a consistent activity, you can move about with the confidence that daily tasks won’t take the wind out of you.
Regardless of age, a healthy and strong body is better at fighting off infections and diseases than a weak body. Regular exercise improves the body’s immune system, thus increasing your chances of recovering much faster.
Regular exercise boosts self-confidence by ensuring the release of ‘feel good’ hormones in the brain. Exercise also improves your sleep and brings about a sense of relaxation.
Michael Milnes pursued his BA and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees at the University of Minnesota. He owns and operates a physical therapy clinic in Rochester, MN.