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Moderate Activity Helps Older Adults Maintain Independence

Remaining active and fit is crucial to maintaining your health and vitality. Physical difficulties encountered by seniors can be greatly improved by moderate exercise. Abandoning sedentary habits is an important first step on the road to a healthier lifestyle.

The future independence and fitness of seniors is the focus of a Yale University study covered by NewsMax. The three-and-a-half year Yale study incorporated a physical activity program. It was shown to reduce the time spent on disability by 25 percent. The activity plan participants also recovered more quickly from injury.

None of this information should be a surprise to our readers. Weight training becomes more important as you age, and embracing a healthy lifestyle can dramatically increase your quality of life. A study found a group of nursing home residents with an average age of 90 improved their strength between 167 and 180 percent after just eight weeks of weight training.

The health of seniors matters on more than just the individual level. Our population is fast aging and healthcare costs are spiraling out of control. Diet and exercise are two obvious ways to improve your health and reduce medical expenses.

Just as important is a positive attitude. Older individuals who reported positive self-perceptions of aging lived 7.5 years longer than those with less positive self-perceptions of aging. People with negative age stereotypes were shown to be more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease according to one study. It is never too late to avoid toxins, adopt healthy eating habits, embrace exercise and confront life’s challenges with an optimistic mindset.
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