How does Exercise Help Boost Mood in the Elderly?

(February 27, 2013)

At first glance, the link between exercise and depression in the elderly seems tenuous. But as all exercise junkies will testify, exercise can help to boost mood and reduce anxiety and this holds true even in the case of the elderly.

Research on depression and anxiety shows a definite physical as well as psychological benefit from exercising. Not only does exercising help to elevate mood and reduce anxiety, it can also keep them from returning once you are feeling better.

How it works is still not completely clear, but some of the ways in which exercise may help to boost mood include:

  • Exercise helps to release mood-enhancing chemicals such as neurotransmitters and endorphins that may help to ease depression
  • Exercise helps to increase the body temperature which has a calming effect on the body
  • Meeting small goals that you set yourself while exercising can help boost your self-confidence
  • Exercise can help take your mind of worries and helps to channelize aggression in a positive manner

Exercise for an elderly person doesn’t mean having to get up and start on a jogging routine. Any simple activity that requires physical action, such as gardening or walking can be of immense benefit.

Submitted by C D on February 27, 2013 at 01:00

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