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When living in independent senior living, staying active is one need that should continually be met. Physical activity not only provides a copious number of health benefits, but also can bring joy and happiness to a seniors life. These activities are an essential part of a senior’s well being and can bring joy.

Exercise and Hormones

Regular activity and exercise results in joy. This does not need to be intense workouts, but even walks and light movement can help. Part of the science behind this is that exercise can result in the production and release of a number of beneficial hormones.

A number of studies have found that exercise releases endorphins into the brain. This results in a rush of enhanced pleasure, reducing discomfort and improving self-esteem. These are immediately released during exercise, giving you this feeling right away.

Exercise also promotes the production of serotonin. This hormone controls appetite, sleep, and mood regulation. Having a better appetite, sleeping better, and being in a better overall mood all contribute to increasing joy.

Another hormone that is stimulated from exercise is dopamine. This is a pleasure hormone that is part of the reward center of the brain. it motivates and drives us to participating in things that make us feel good. More dopamine from exercise? More joy.

Feeling Better

Activity can also bring joy to seniors in retirement homes in Kamloops by providing a medium for social interactions and personal goals and growth. Participating in a number of activities, from Yoga, to Bowling, Walking or even swimming, is a great chance to socialize, meet new people, and make new connections. This is also a great opportunity to set and meet personal goals regarding your health and fitness. Working toward and eventually meeting this goal is a great way to bring more happiness into your life.

Seniors should be active and participate in as many activities as possible. Not only will the health benefits be bountiful, but it will bring joy.

For more great recreational opportunities, check out our activities calendar.

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