The Importance of Staying Active for Seniors
Did you know that after age 40, adults can lose three to five percent of muscle mass with each subsequent decade of life? Muscle mass is a key contributor to balance and strength, and without it, our mobility and independence are compromised. An excellent way to ensure you are building healthy muscle mass is to stay active and exercise regularly.
Aside from muscle mass, regular exercise in seniors has been shown to improve healing, increase stability, reduce fall risk, and improve quality of life. Aerobic and stretching exercises have also been shown to positively impact cognitive function; heart-healthy behaviors, such a regular exercise, can lead to better vascular health, and therefore better brain health.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that individuals age 65 and older try to incorporate at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise into each week.
A great way to keep in the habit of healthy movements is to incorporate small exercises into your otherwise inactive moments during the day. Walking around the house during commercial breaks, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and even putting away the dishes are all great ways to stay active. As always, be sure to consult your doctor before beginning any exercise routine.
At Prestige Senior Living Huntington Terrace, we provide many opportunities for our residents to stay active, including our Ageless Grace® wellness and fitness programming. Join us every Friday at 10:30 a.m. PST during the month of February for FREE online Ageless Grace®? classes!
Visit notyourgrandmasnursinghome.com to sign up for our free classes today.