Many older adults find it difficult to keep their weight in a healthy range. What is the reason for older people to gain weight easily? Studies have shown that lipid turnover in the fat tissue declines as people age and makes them easier to gain weight, even though older people don’t eat more or exercise less than before. Maintaining a healthy weight in old age is important for many health reasons. Here is a list of them.
Lower the Risk of Certain Diseases
The health reasons for maintaining a healthy weight are plenty. For starters, keeping a healthy weight lowers the risk of certain health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. This is because excessive weight gain usually causes excess fat to surround the heart and clog up arteries, leading to a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases. Having a healthy weight also leads to a lower risk of different types of cancer. In addition, a healthy weight range will increase the chance of preventing certain conditions like respiratory disease, skin conditions, and arthritis. On top of these benefits, older adults who achieve a healthy weight will lessen their risk of bone fractures. As a lesser weight is burdening the body when it is in movement, your loved ones will have a lesser chance of breaking a bone.
Achieve Better Mobility
Another benefit to maintaining a healthy weight in old age is better mobility. This is because a healthy weight means there is a lesser hindrance to your loved ones’ movement. With a lower chance of a bone fracture, they will have better mobility. A lack of mobility is a vicious cycle. As your loved ones lack mobility due to excessive weight, they may be more reluctant to exercise and this exacerbates their existing weight issue. Hence, your loved ones can get to enjoy good mobility by maintaining a healthy weight. Further, they can achieve a better quality of life. They won’t feel lousy about themselves as they do not need assistance to do basic tasks.
Improve Mental Health
As a healthy weight is usually associated with exercising, this means that your loved ones will likely bond and socialize with other people through healthy activities. With a healthy weight, they will feel more confident about themselves. This has huge benefits to your loved ones’ mental health as they will not feel lousy about their body image due to excessive weight. Thus, maintaining a healthy weight helps your loved ones to feel better about their body image. The social benefit of a healthy weight is also evident here, as having a positive body image will lead to more socialization and reduce the risk of isolation and ostracism and in turn promote better mental health.
Why Choose Discovery Village At Deerwood?
At Discovery Village At Deerwood, we understand it is important for your loved ones to maintain a healthy weight. We have thus specially curated an exciting range of activity sessions like yoga so your loved ones can maintain a healthy lifestyle with good dietary intake and healthy activities. Contact us to find out more!