Leading a physically active lifestyle can have a significant impact on the wellbeing of people with dementia.
Exercise is beneficial for physical and mental health and may improve the quality of life for people in all stages of the condition. Physical activities are sometimes defined as those activities that increase your heart rate and cause you to breathe more deeply.
This includes everyday activities such as walking, gardening or dancing, as well as sports and exercises with the specific aim of improving fitness.
Exercise and wellbeing
Taking regular physical exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and can help to maintain wellbeing. Physical activity creates valuable opportunities to socialise with others and can help improve and maintain a person’s independence.
This is beneficial to both people with dementia and their carers. Engaging in physical activities can also improve self-esteem and mood, which in turn encourages more social engagement that may also contribute to wellbeing.
Just some of the findings of the benefits of staying physically active are:
- improving cognition – recent studies have shown that exercise may improve memory and slow down mental decline
- improving sleep
- providing opportunities for social interaction and reducing the feeling of isolation
- reducing the risk of falls by improving strength and balance
- improving confidence
- increasing self-esteem
- improving mood
People who have not taken part in any regular exercise for some time, or those with certain health issues, should consider seeking medical advice or talk to the Lanes team.
At Lanes there is a brand-new timetable of classes to enjoy where you can make friends and join a group. Get the blood flowing with the body conditioning, strength and core classes or learn a variety of gentle mind, body and breath exercises to destress and restore your inner sense of peace.
View all classes here http://laneshealthclubs.co.uk/classes/ and speak to the team 01903859777