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Nursing Home: Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults

Nursing Home Benefits of Exercise for Older AdultsNursing Home: Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults

Exercise is a huge component of good physical and mental health. Being physically active can help you continue to do the things you enjoy and stay independent long into your old age.

According Go4Life, part of the National Institute on Aging, you gain a lot by staying active. Not only does it help maintain your physical strength and fitness, it helps you improve your ability to do the everyday things you want to do. Staying active can improve balance, can help you manage diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis. An active living lifestyle also improves your overall mood and can even help cognitively, aiding you to shift quickly between tasks, plan activities, and ignore irrelevant activity.

There are four main types of exercise your nursing home could implement. Each is important to maintain a healthy balance and variety to help you achieve full benefits.

Endurance: Aerobic activities increase your breathing and heart rate, helping to keep your heart, lungs, and circulatory systems healthy. Some examples of aerobic exercise include:

  • Brisk walking
  • Yard work
  • Dancing
  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Climbing stairs or hills
  • Playing tennis
  • Playing basketball

Strength: Strength exercises help keep your muscles strong. Strength and resistance training can help you stay independent and continue your daily activities, such as climbing stairs and carrying groceries. Lifting weights and resistance training can both help increase your muscle mass.

Balance: Balance exercises help prevent falls, which is a common problem in older adults. Lower body strength exercises also help to improve balance.

  • Standing on one foot
  • Heel-to-toe walk
  • Tai Chi

Flexibility: Flexibility exercises help stretch the muscles and help you stay flexible. Shoulder and upper arm stretches, calf stretch, and yoga can all help increase flexibility.

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