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Benefits of Exercise for Seniors

Chair Exercise Group

Chair Exercise Group

The major public health enemy in people of all ages is lack of physical activity, together with poor diet, and this especially applies to seniors.

Here are the facts:
• Exercise can help older people feel better and enjoy life more.
• Regular exercise can help prevent or delay certain diseases like some types of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis as people grow older.
• Regular exercise can improve some diseases and disabilities in older people such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and arthritis.
• Regular exercise  are standard treatments to  improve mood and relieve depression.
• Scientific research for older Americans shows that exercise really is your best resource against age-related illnesses and conditions.

The reason for this is that:
• Exercise improves flexibility, balance and range of mobility.
• Gently exercise can relieve joint stiffness and pain and so increase mobility for people with arthritis.
• Exercise can strengthen your heart.
• Exercise can reduce the stress placed on the whole body system by keeping the natural process of gaining weight as people grow older and so maintain a healthy body.
• You can strengthen your body and increase your endurance no matter what your age or fitness level.
• Older adults who lift weights have greater bone density.
• Regular cardio and strength training exercise, along with a healthy diet can help you avoid Type 2 diabetes which is related to obesity.