Mental well-being through exercise: Does exercising improve mental well-being?
Does exercising improve mental well-being?
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Not only does exercising improve strength, balance and flexibility, but it can also increase feelings of positivity and mental well-being. The Canadian Psychological Association’s article,, outlines some of the benefits exercising provides, including: preventing depression and anxiety disorders, reducing day-to-day stress, increasing self-esteem, and improving sleep quality. The article also provides on how to get started and stay motivated.
It is highly recommended you consult with a registered healthcare provider before starting any new exercise regime.
If you’re mobile, walking has numerous health benefits and can be an effective, low-intensity exercise for seniors., on The Caregiver Space website, describes some of the benefits of walking, such as boosts to cardiovascular health and a senior’s immune system.
If mobility is an issue for you, you may want to explore chair exercises as an alternative to traditional exercise regimes. Chair exercises are designed to be easier and less intensive, and may reduce some of the hazards of balance and weakness for seniors. Many seniors centres and recreation centres offer group chair exercise classes.
If you prefer to exercise on your own, you might check out, on the VeryWell Fit website, which describes a way to gently introduce physical activity for seniors so as to help circulation, flexibility, balance and overall well-being.
The Seniors Store hasto begin a gentle workout regime for seniors. Products such as , , and are available and provide small amounts of weight and resistance. These products start at about $10 (CDN), plus shipping fees. Larger pharmacies and other large retailers often sell these types of products.