Exercise Facts and Health Benefits

DSC_0206Did you know…

  • More than 20 % of U.S. adults over the age of 65 live with at least partial disability with some degree of difficulty in performing activities of daily living
  • Many older adults are completely inactive and do not participate in structured physical activity that would provide the minimal health benefits
  • Lack of physical activity is a significant contributor to decline in overall function; chronic diseases including heart disease, hypertension, obesity, stroke, diabetes, and osteoporosis
  • Deficiencies in physical function associated with the lack of physical activity are likely to lead to a greater prevalence of fall induced injuries in older adults caused by loss of functionality, range of motion, and flexibility
  • Participation in community-based group exercise programs is commonly recommended for older adults

Benefits of Regular Exercise

  • Physical activity is the single most effective method for the maintenance of overall health
  • Regular physical activity provides great benefits for older adults through a marked impact on the function of muscles, joints, and bones, and the regulation of hormones, neural stimulation, metabolism, and circulation
  • Research indicates that active older adults will experience significant improvements in bone and muscle health, when exposed to appropriately structured and supervised resistance training programs reducing the risks for falls and reducing the risks of injury due to falling.
  • Regular exercise helps with motion and decreases high blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Physical activity can improve emotional and social function, while enhancing the quality of life