Senior Fitness: Endurance Exercise for Chronic Pain

In order to stay well in age, seniors know that fitness and exercise play a big role. Regular exercise promotes good muscle and bone health, reducing risk of injury through accidents, boosts the immune system, and is really good for mental health. But did you know that endurance exercise is also good for chronic pain or illness?

Endurance exercise includes many “senior-friendly” options, such as walking, swimming, dancing, and cycling, all of which are low-impact. Endurance exercise helps with symptoms of chronic pain or illness by reducing blood pressure and glucose levels, while improving the mobility of stiff joints. Endurance sport also pumps the body full of endorphins, which make us feel great.

For an added health boost, head outside for your exercise in order to get a natural dose of Vitamin D, which strengthens the immune system and makes us feel happy.