The physical benefits of regular exercise is quite important in older people. Those who engage in regular physical activity can prevent or slow down the development of conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. It can also strengthen the immune system, which will in turn decreases their likelihood of contracting an infectious disease like the flu or pneumonia.
Exercise also lets you stay agile, thus preventing falls, which is a common source of injury. Regular physical activity can improve cognitive function and one’s emotional state. This is a result of the release of endorphins (a “happy hormone”) into the body. Additionally, group exercises can also be a source of socialization for elderly people.
Regular physical activity and exercise should always accompany a healthy diet. Remember to eat lots of fresh produce, lean meats, and whole grains. Consult your doctor before starting a new exercise and diet regimen.
Learning and doing new things and getting involved in the community
An important entry in the list of active aging tips is learning and doing new things and getting involved within the community. As you get older and find yourself unable to do physical things that you previously could, you may find adjusting to older age more difficult. Picking up new hobbies or skills (such as learning a new language or gardening), travelling to new places, and doing community work can benefit your emotional health, keep your mind active, and help you find new pleasures in life.