Over the last few decades, science has hugely expanded its understanding of the beneficial effects of exercise not only on physical health but also on brain health. Staying physically active is fundamental to improving and preserving cognitive health. There are numerous avenues you can take to pursue fitness, depending on your preferences and physical limitations. Seeking out a recreational program in your community or at your assisted living residence is a great way to start moving.
Curious about the recreational program at Wickshire Senior Living in Oklahoma City? Reach out to us today to learn more about what we offer. Our online form is easy to use, or you can always call us. Our number is 833.497.4390, where our knowledgeable staff is standing by to take your call.
The Link Between Exercise and Brain Health
Staying active, especially aerobic exercise in your daily routines, helps older adults maintain brain health. Even those at risk for dementia or Alzheimer’s disease benefit from exercise.
The positive effects of exercise on the brain are many. Below are some of the most notable benefits:
- Significantly decreased risk of dementia
- Improved memory
- Improved cardiovascular health (which enhances blood flow to the brain)
- Reduced stress hormones which can be harmful to brain functioning over time
- Physically enhanced white matter in the brain (the fibers that link areas of the brain)
- Enhanced neuroplasticity (the ability to form neural connections)
The links between exercise and brain health in the elderly cannot be overlooked by those who love, care for, and support this population.
Brain Health Exercises for Seniors
Aerobic exercise – the kind that gets oxygenated blood flowing to the brain – is ideal for brain health as well as physical health. Some of the most commonly enjoyed forms of cardiac workouts among seniors include:
- Walking – Available to anyone, any time. Walking in the woods, on a walking path, down the sidewalks of your neighborhood, or even in a shopping mall before they open (many malls offer this service) – wherever you are, your body and brain both benefit from the exercise. If you have a dog, you get two workouts for the price of one.
- Water aerobics – This can include aqua-jogging, flutter-kicking, water Zumba, and more. Many health centers have pools in which they schedule water classes for seniors. The water offers pleasant resistance, keeps you cool, and makes the workout easier on your joints.
- Cycling – You may not be into mountain biking anymore or road racing, but cycling is excellent exercise at any age if you enjoy riding a bike. Bike paths and tracks offer safe places to cycle, or you can use a stationary bicycle indoors.
- Dance – Dance is a joyful form of exercise if you love music and enjoy moving to the beat. Whether you take a Zumba class (different levels offer ranges of intensity and impact) or enjoy ballroom, swing, or jazz dance, there are opportunities for dancing with or without a partner.
- Golf – The quintessential retirement game, golf has multiple benefits. It gets you outside, connects you with friends, lets you exercise a bit of your competitive spirit, and gets you moving. Let the clubs ride the cart – you can walk between holes.
Learn More About Wickshire’s Recreational Program
At Wickshire Senior Living, our recreational programs are geared to our residents’ range of interests and needs. If there is something we don’t offer, we can provide transportation to get you there.
Exercise is vital to your health, wellbeing, and longevity, including your brain health. The staff at Wickshire Senior Living understands the importance of staying active in the aging population. You can stay mentally young through your retirement years by keeping your brain and body fit. Call today to learn more about our recreational programs in Oklahoma City. Call us at 833.497.4390 or fill out our online form.