With advancing age comes inevitable body changes, but partaking in exercise can prevent or delay diseases and improve the health of many seniors. Metabolism is known to slow down with each birthday that passes, making weight that much easier to gain. Unfortunately, most seniors experience a shift in their body composition - an increased fat mass with reduced lean body mass and muscle strength. Seniors, especially women, may also have reduced bone strength, increasing the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures.
That being said, a well-rounded exercise regimen can reduce these age-related changes. Strength training and weight-bearing exercises can keep both muscles and bones strong. The strength of each can keep seniors more independent for completing day-to-day functions - cleaning, cooking, laundry, etc. Paired with stretching and balance exercises, the risk of falls may also be reduced. And if one were to fall, strong bones reduces the risk of bone fractures.
But senior fitness not only offers physical benefits. These individuals who exercise may have improved brain health. Keeping seniors at home not only reduces healthcare costs (from nursing homes, hospitalizations, etc.) but contributes to increased self-worth, independence, and happiness. Exercise may also improve cognition and reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Bellevue Seattle Federal Way