Physical fitness is important to residents at Presbyterian Manor. Staying active can help prevent or lessen heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, dementia and more. Studies show that seniors who live in a senior living community are more likely to extend their life span than those who live alone. The reason is because of socialization, access to balanced meals, and the accessibility of fitness/wellness opportunities.
No matter your physical condition, you can take steps to improve your health. Numerous research studies show that it is possible for older adults to maintain or improve their strength, flexibility and physical conditioning.
Here are some examples:
- When we're strong enough, we can stand from a chair without help from others or lift a grandchild. Strength training results in stronger muscles.
- Flexibility allows us to get dressed without assistance and reach for things on a shelf. Stretching aids in flexibility.
- Being physically active can help you stay fit enough to keep doing the things you like as you get older. Aerobic exercise, like walking, can help build your endurance and overall physical conditioning.