When most of us think and talk about exercise, we usually focus on how it supports the physical component of successful aging. Exercise has us focus on the act of engaging in purposeful movement throughout the day, but the benefits go beyond physical wellness. At Acacia Creek, a Masterpiece Living Certified Center for Successful Aging, and retirement community, we believe that exercise is an important part of all wellness categories – intellectual, social, physical, and purposeful. Here’s how exercise strengthens our other components of successful aging, too:
Spiritual wellness: When someone is immersed in what they are doing, lost in the enjoyment of their activity, they are fully focused in and “in the zone.” I have this feeling when I am fully engaged in playing tennis. My mind is completely freed from any worries or stressors, and afterwards I feel positive and energized.
Intellectual wellness: What is good for the body is good for the mind. Although the brain weighs just over two pounds, it requires 20 percent of the body’s energy. well. Moving your body helps oxygenated blood reach your brain, allowing the brain to build new cells and burn the energy it needs to function. The more you move, the more oxygen it receives.
Social wellness: A study from Brigham Young University found that social isolation and loneliness can negatively impact health as much as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day or obesity! That is serious. No matter what your favorite way is to move—gardening, playing ping-pong, swimming, dancing, walking, Qi Gong—including a friend helps build the social connections we all need to stay emotionally healthy. And, isn’t it it more fun to do what you enjoy with someone whose company you enjoy?
By Carolee Rodrigo, Lifestyles Manager
Acacia Creek Retirement Community inspires residents to live an active, meaningful life. Our mission as a senior community is to enrich the independence, well-being, and security of our residents through exceptional services and care based on Masonic values.
To learn more about Acacia Creek or our senior housing opportunities, visit us at www.acaciacreek.org.