People of all ages are starting to move less in their day-to-day lives. Most of us spend the majority of our days sitting as we work, drive, and relax. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over a quarter of all seniors are inactive. The recommended amount of exercise per week for a healthy adult is two and a half hours. Any less than that and the risk of developing severe health issues increases significantly. Exercise in any form is going to benefit your short and long-term health.

Benefits of Exercise

Two in three seniors have chronic health conditions, and the most reliable way to counter, slow, or reverse the side effects of chronic diseases is to live a healthy lifestyle which includes eating balanced meals, exercising regularly, and approaching your well-being from a holistic perspective.

The CDC recommends muscle strengthening and aerobic activities, which can include the following.

  • Weight lifting
  • Yoga or pilates
  • Walking, running, jogging, swimming, or biking
  • Water aerobics
  • Tai chi

It is never too late to start exercising, and there are plenty of activities to choose from so you can find something that fits your interests. There are many benefits to getting two and a half hours of exercise per week, including those listed below.

  • Increased flexibility, stability, control, and balance
  • Better cognitive function
  • Lower blood pressure and stress levels
  • Decreased risk of depression, anxiety, and heart disease
  • Improved heart health, circulation, and stamina
  • Longer lifespan

Get Healthier Today

If you are ready to get healthier and want experienced in-home assistance reach out to Allegiance Home Care Services Inc. They offer senior care, physical therapy, and other services. We are serving home health care services in Hampton, Virginia, and all surrounding counties, including Virginia Beach, Newport News, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Hampton, and Williamsburg.