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How exercise helps older adults sleep better

If you’re an older adult with sleep troubles, research shows that engaging in exercise training programs has a positive effect on sleep quality.

Specifically, exercise can make you less reliant on medication and allow you to fall asleep faster. Exercise has also been found to alleviate the symptoms of insomnia.

At Bold, we talk a lot about the benefits of tai chi for older adults, and we have another benefit to add to the list… sleep! If you have trouble sleeping, studies show that participating in tai chi programs can shorten the time it takes you to fall asleep and increase the length of time you stay asleep. Additionally, research shows that if you practice tai chi in the long-term, you can improve your sleep equality and decrease your sleep disturbance. All the more reason to try out one of our Bold tai chi classes today!

Not only does exercise improve sleep, but sleep can also improve exercise, especially for adults over 65. Research shows that sleep and exercise have a reciprocal relationship, meaning that getting good sleep can make you more likely to exercise. Sleep is also an important aspect of recovery when you exercise, so make sure you’re getting at least 7-8 hours.

Bold is great for physical activity, but taking classes can have a real positive impact on your life beyond just your 10 to 45 minute session with us. Whether it’s tai chi or cardio, participating in Bold programs can help you get a good night’s sleep. Take a Bold class today to get your snooze on tonight!