Here’s how exercise can help you maintain your independence as you age.
As if you need another reason to exercise, maintaining your independence as you age can be added to the list of benefits physical activity offers. Regular exercise not only helps improve your physical health, but it can make you more mobile, helps reduce the chance of falls and may also improve your brain.
Being able to move better makes it more likely you’ll maintain your independence. You’ll be able to walk farther and perform daily activities on your own, such as carrying groceries, climbing stairs, making your own meals, doing laundry or going to the mailbox. Exercise also lowers the risk of falls, which is the leading cause of disability in older adults.
Additionally, physical activity has been shown to help your brain as you age. One study found that exercise may improve brain function such as planning, perception and decision-making skills.