Could Exercise for Older Adults Be Dangerous?

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It’s not usually a problem for us to get sufficient exercise while we’re younger; physical activity is a natural part of our busy, everyday lives. As we age, however, it’s common for the pace of life to slow down, often pretty drastically; and there are many people who resign themselves to the fact that with growing older comes a more lethargic lifestyle, or even that senior exercise may be dangerous.

The good news, though, is that these assumptions are totally incorrect. Research has proven that routine senior exercise provides both physical and mental health benefits in older adults, and that even just a little exercise can go a long way. The Office of Aging in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reveals that an exercise routine can:

  • Reduce the level of disability in seniors
  • Enhance muscle strength and endurance, preventing the deterioration that can result from age and decreased activity
  • Improve flexibility and range of motion
  • Boost bone mass weakened by osteoporosis
  • Increase the efficiency of the respiratory system
  • Relieve some arthritic symptoms
  • Improve self-esteem and autonomy
  • Enhance cognitive functioning
  • Lower tension and anxiety, and help overcome depression

It’s crucial to always first check with the senior’s medical professional before beginning any exercise program, and to contact him or her right away if any of the symptoms below are noted during or after exercising:

  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Balance problems
  • Nausea
  • Trouble breathing or excessive shortness of breath
  • Light-headedness or dizziness

Also, be sure to check with the physician if any discomfort or pain continues to linger after exercising.

At Stay Home Care, providers of top-rated home care in Nashville and the surrounding areas, we’re aware of the incredible benefits of physical activity for seniors, and work with doctors to establish an appropriate plan of exercise for the older adults we serve. Interested in learning more about how we can help a senior loved one with our full range of customized in-home care services? Contact us today at 615-964-7726.