If you are researching assisted living communities in OKC, there are certain things you probably look for: a caring staff, clean and cheerful accommodations, nutritious and delicious meals and affordability. There’s something else you should look for: a well-equipped, inviting workout room and programming that includes group exercise opportunities. Exercise is good for the body and the brain. Seniors can benefit from exercise in more ways than you may realize!
If you’re not convinced an active senior receives measurable health benefits sedentary seniors do not, here are specifics about how exercise improves health. Seniors who exercise:
Enjoy 25 percent faster wound healing
Are better able to fight off infections and illnesses
Have improved gastrointestinal function
Are less likely to develop osteoporosis
Are less likely to develop certain cancers and diseases
Are less likely to be overweight
Regular Exercise Also Has Mental Health Benefits for Seniors
Studies show exercise lowers stress and releases endorphins responsible for feelings of wellbeing and happiness. In seniors, exercise also reduces anxieties, such as the fear of falling. Seniors who may have never stepped inside a gym in their lives will gain self-confidence when they realize they can conquer gym equipment they had assumed was far too complicated for them. Regular exercise has been shown to improve memory and brain function and even prevents cognitive decline. Seniors who participate in group fitness classes, which many Oklahoma assisted living facilities offer, receive an added bonus: social stimulation!
People of any age should talk to their doctor before beginning any exercise regimen. Sometimes, people have physical limitations or medical conditions that make some types of exercise risky. Your physician can tell you what, if anything, is off limits and suggest types of exercise that may be most beneficial to you. Everyone is different, but here are some exercise regimens that are popular among seniors and are generally safe.
Walking (on a treadmill or outside)
Using a stair climbing or elliptical machine
Riding a stationary bike
Lifting light hand weights
Participating in yoga or chair yoga
Lunges, leg lifts and stomach crunches
Training with a resistance band
Balancing on an exercise ball
Swimming or water aerobics (not all Oklahoma assisted living centers have swimming pools, but some may agree to arrange transportation to a local facility with a pool)
Low-impact group fitness classes designed specifically for seniors
If you are researching assisted living communities in OKC for yourself or for a loved one, contact us at Village at Oakwood. Every member of our compassionate team strives to make residents’ lives engaging and enjoyable. One of our most popular amenities is our full-service exercise area, outfitted with a variety of fitness equipment and tools and, of course, a wall-mounted TV so residents can schedule their workouts around their favorite televisions shows!