Don’t Hibernate: The Importance Staying Active & Healthy During the Winter Months – Part I Jan. 23, 2015

Stay Active During Winter Months | Brookfield ALFRegardless of the temperature outside, the benefits of staying active never change. Experts urge that exercise and physical activity should never be neglected and should be incorporated into your daily routine, regardless of the weather. Being active in your daily routine through physical activity and exercise are vital to your physical and mental health, especially in older adults.

Physical Benefits: As our metabolism naturally slows with age, keeping a healthy weight may be a challenge. Regular exercise helps improve metabolism and also builds necessary muscle mass, which works to burn calories. Exercise also reduces the impact of illness and chronic diseases. Exercising regularly boosts your immune system, which contributes to better heart health and blood pressure, improved bone density and healthier digestive functioning. Those who exercise regularly also have a reduced risk of multiple chronic conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and osteoporosis. Exercise also improves mobility, flexibility, posture and balance in older adults, which can weaken and cause problems (such as falls) over the years.

Mental Benefits: Lack of sleep, or poor quality sleep, isn’t an inescapable consequence of aging. Quality sleep is vital to your well-being. Daily exercise can actually improve sleep by exhausting your body so you fall asleep quickly and sleep deeper. Exercising also enhances mood and overall self-confidence due to the endorphins that are released when you work out, which can help reduce feelings of sadness or depression. Exercising helps keep the brain active, which can help prevent memory loss, mental decline, and dementia.

In our next blog, we will discuss how to get creative with exercise when the temperature outside has dropped.