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Prioritizing Your Health and Well-Being

As we age, it is important to prioritize our health and well-being. Did you know that 80% of adults over age 60 have at least one chronic condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or arthritis? The good news is that regular exercise can help prevent and manage these conditions.

According to research, the risk for cardiovascular disease decreases by 11% for those who exercise regularly. On the other hand, for folks who are obese and physically inactive, the risk for heart attack or stroke actually increases by 27%. Exercise is helpful because it eliminates obesity by breaking down stored fats. It increases the cellular intake of blood glucose, and thereby boosts your sensitivity to insulin. It enhances brain perfusion and helps to decrease the level of inflammatory provocateurs in the bloodstream. Also, it increases the level of good cholesterol.

One of the main risks for injury that seniors face is from falls, as with age, there is a loss of motor function. However, we know that this risk for falls is rectified by about 32-42% for those who exercise and remain regularly physically active. In addition, exercise has a psychological impact as well. It can help decrease a sense of loneliness when you exercise. Exercise promotes positive attitudes toward life by making the body release chemicals called ENDORPHINS. These endorphins attach to the same receptors in the brain where Morphine attaches to. Thus, folks who exercise have a decreased perception of pain than those who do not. And like Morphine, they make you feel euphoric and relaxed! Serotonin levels also increase with exercise, and this helps to up-regulate your mood. One study done with 1.2 Million people found that those folks who exercised actually reported having 43% fewer days of poor mood relative to those who didn't exercise.

As we get older, our bodies naturally begin to slow down, and we may face new health challenges. However, regular exercise and a healthy diet can help us maintain our independence and quality of life. Exercise is essential for maintaining cardiovascular health, building and maintaining muscle mass, and improving balance and flexibility. Exercise can reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis. It can also reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety and improve cognitive function, leading to better memory and decision-making skills.

If you're new to exercise, don't worry! The key is to start slowly and gradually increase your level of activity. Walking is a great place to start. It's low-impact, easy to do, and you can start with a short walk around the block and gradually increase the distance as you become more comfortable. Remember, exercise doesn't have to be boring or painful - find activities that you enjoy and that fit your lifestyle.

At Home Care, we believe in empowering seniors to live their best lives. Our caregivers can provide assistance with daily activities, transportation to doctor's appointments, and even help with exercise routines. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you or your loved one stay healthy and independent for as long as possible.