The Importance of Exercise for Better Living
It is easy to stop moving in today’s world. Technology enables us to have so many things sent to our doorsteps or placed right at our fingertips. We don’t even have to open up a road atlas anymore to get from one place to the other: we can just enter the address into our computers online and — presto! —the answer appears virtually on the spot. With all of the gadgetry and modern conveniences available to us, we often forget how important is to just to get up and move every day.
As reported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), keeping an active lifestyle and exercising moderately for even a short period of time each day goes a long way to improving overall quality of life and can even delay or prevent the onset of diseases, including heart disease and senile dementia.
Sometimes people entering advanced age are becoming frail and experiencing some coordination difficulties and therefore are afraid to exercise for fear that they will fall or that exercising could hurt them. But studies have shown that exercise should be a regular part of our daily routine whether we are nine years old or 90. As long as a senior is exercising in safely, in a well-paced way and with a group or person who can provide assistance and support, people of any age can enjoy and reap the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle.
It’s All about the Four Fundamentals: Strength, Balance, Flexibility & Endurance
Not exercising can cause people, particularly older adults, more problems and harm than exercising regularly. Without regular activity, seniors can end up losing precious amounts of mobility, independence and healthy well-being.
Four fundamental components are vital to health and mobility: strength, balance, flexibility, and endurance. These are the exercise building blocks to maintaining a healthy body. Even if you have led an inactive lifestyle for most of your life or for an extended period of time due to injury or illness, it is never too late to start exercising moderately and to improve these four fundamental components to maintaining overall health.
If starting an exercise routine seems daunting, just start with small, gradual changes. Enlist a friend to take a short walk with you or join an aqua aerobics class that meets once a week. If you have a companion or home care aid ask him or her to help you get up and move a bit more each day. Remember: any time you are active and moving, you are doing your body and your life a great service.