How Important is it to Exercise and Stay Hydrated as We Age?

Posted by Otterbein SeniorLife on Oct 9, 2018 5:17:20 PM

By age 75, one in three men and one in two women do no physical activity, according to the CDC.

There are a number of reasons for this decline. Deteriorating health, uncertainty about what exercises to do, or lack of social support and encouragement to get started could be the culprits.

Read on to learn how exercise and hydration can affect your health as you age.

The Bad News: Limited Exercise Can Negatively Affect Your Health

Decreased or no physical activity can have a negative effect on your health, such as:

  • Greater chance of falls
  • Loss of independence
  • Increased anxiety and depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased pain and loss of range of motion due to arthritis
  • Increased chance of coronary artery disease and diabetes
  • Loss of strength and bone mass
  • Decreased mental capacity
  • Increased recovery time for wounds and injuries to heal

The Good News About Exercise and Your Health

This large list of negative risks can be eliminated or decreased with just 30 minutes of movement per day, three to five days per week! As a bonus, you will see improvement in your overall physical, mental, and emotional health -- no matter what age you start!

“I’ve seen first-hand how seniors can improve their health and quality of life through exercise,” says Sheri Reid, Program Director at an Otterbein SeniorLife YMCA. “One of our residents just told us that since she has started exercising, her bone density test has shown significant improvement!”

Learn more about Otterbein SeniorLife’s On-Campus Wellness Clinics. >>

Hydration is Key to Healthy Aging

While you increase your physical activity, it is extremely important to drink the appropriate amount of water daily. As we age, we have less water to lose before becoming dehydrated.

Seniors on average should drink six to eight glasses of water each day -- more if you consume a lot of caffeine.

Staying hydrated can help:

  • Keep constipation at bay
  • Reduce your risk of urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, and kidney stones
  • Decrease your chances of falls

We’re Here to Help With All Your Wellness Needs

The staff at your local Otterbein SeniorLife Community YMCA can get you moving!

With plans to fit everyone, we can guide you toward achieving your health goals. Whether you enjoy the pool or land fitness, we have something for everyone. Stop by and visit us soon!

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Topics: Life Enrichment