Everyone, especially older folks, benefits from exercise and physical activity. Staying active can benefit you regardless of your health or physical ability. In reality, research shows that “taking it easy” is dangerous. When older adults lose their capacity to perform activities on their own, inactivity is often to blame rather than aging. Lack of physical exercise can also contribute to additional medical visits, hospitalizations, and medication use for a range of conditions. Exercise benefits not just your physical health but also your emotional and mental wellbeing, according to research. People who exercise on a regular basis do so because it makes them feel really good. They are more active throughout the day, sleep better at night, have better memory, and are calmer and more optimistic about themselves and their life. You do not have to be a fitness buff to receive the rewards. Here are 3 emotional benefits of exercising.
Did you know that the chemicals in your brain (also known as neurotransmitters) control how you feel physically and mentally? And you will feel different if you do not have enough neurotransmitters in your brain. For example, if your dopamine (commonly known as the happy hormone) levels are low, you are more likely to feel unhappy and even depressed. And what happens when you work out? It increases the synthesis of brain chemicals such as dopamine, norepinephrine, endorphins, and serotonin. As a result of the rise in dopamine levels in your brain when you exercise, you will feel less depressed. Simply exercising will make you feel better because it releases endorphins, which are feel-good chemicals. Furthermore, serotonin makes you feel more relaxed and tranquil.
Helps You Cope with Stress
As people get older, they are subjected to a variety of pressures, but exercise can help you manage stress better. Exercise, according to experts, may help a person be more robust in the face of obstacles or pressures, allowing the elderly to cope with stress in more constructive ways. So if you often find yourself overwhelmed with stress, start exercising!
Improves Sleep Quality
Normal changes in our sleeping habits occur as we age, such as feeling drowsy sooner, waking up earlier, or experiencing less deep sleep. Disrupted sleep, waking up weary every day, and other symptoms of insomnia, on the other hand, are not a typical part of aging. Sleep is as vital for your physical and mental wellbeing now as it was when you were younger. In fact, older individuals who do not get enough sleep are more prone to suffer from depression, attention and memory issues, excessive daytime tiredness, and nocturnal falls. Fortunately, exercise, particularly aerobic activity, can help.
Exercise causes your body to release chemicals that promote deeper, more restful sleep. Even if you have limited movement, there are several activities you may engage in to prepare for a good night’s sleep. Try cycling, running, golfing, or swimming. If you love dancing, consider signing up for dance classes! You can even make new friends along the way. However, before beginning any new exercise regimen, always consult your doctor.