We all know that engaging in regular exercise is an important component of healthy aging. If you care for an aging parent or loved one, it’s important to encourage him or her to continue exercising and strengthening his or her body. Even though your loved one may be getting older, there is never a reason to abandon a healthy energized body.
As a Denton County senior care provider, we know that regular exercise can sound intimidating to some seniors, especially those who did not lead active lifestyles before their golden years. However, not all exercise has to be strenuous. One of the top ways to keep a senior citizen strong and energized is by having them go on daily walks.
The Benefits of Walking with Aging
When asked if walking truly is enough to promote overall health for seniors, we often respond with the many benefits of this simple and easy exercise. Here are just a few of the reasons why seniors should consider a daily walk around the block.
- Health Improvements – Not only will walking strengthen the heart, it also reduces the risk of cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. Walking will also reduce the risk of weight gain, which is often a large cause of heart attack.
- Physical Function – Daily walks keep muscle strength within the body sharp and able. No senior citizen likes the idea of not being able to walk without assistance and walking on a regular basis will help him or her maintain physical function and independence.
- Keep the Mind Sharp – Walking, or exercise in general, keeps the mind sharp and ready for the day. Walking outside where fresh air is also great for brain power and can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and other cognitive conditions.
- Longer Life Expectancy – The health improvements combined with the physical strength obtained from walking all comes together to create a healthier internal system that can generally help someone live longer.
By encouraging your loved one to walk outside, they can reclaim their life through health and fitness. For more information on how you can help promote a healthy lifestyle for your loved one or for help with care responsibilities, reach out to Home Care Assistance today and ask about our hourly and 24 hour care services in Denton County. Call 972-468-6010 – we are available 24/7 to answer questions.