Participating in an ongoing exercise plan is challenging at any age. Exercising is exhausting. We don’t seem to have the time it takes. We’re still sore from yesterday’s workout. All of us have made excuses like these for not exercising; but frailty and aging make it even more difficult to commit to an exercise plan.
- Self-confidence: It’s natural for older adults to become overwhelmed with the idea of achieving exercise goals. It might be helpful to start slowly with exercises that are easily accomplished and then progress gradually; and, motivate the senior with ongoing support.
- Attitude: Attitude is so important when it comes to staying physically fit. If approached negatively, it will be that much harder to stick to an effective exercise routine. Select activities that will be enjoyable and that the senior will look forward to.
- Pain: The common saying, “No pain, no gain” is just false. Seniors should avoid overdoing it, and cut back on the level of intensity if any pain or discomfort is experienced.
- Disabilities: Older adults with physical or cognitive impairments can and should stay active within their individual ability level. Check with the senior’s doctor for a referral to a personal trainer or physical therapist who can help plan out a program of specialized exercises.
- Fear of Injury/Balance Problems: There are a variety of different assistive products to allow for safe, effective exercising.
- Financial Issues: Exercising doesn’t have to cost a lot of money! Walking and other simple exercises both in and outside of the senior’s home, using everyday household items, can be an effective part of exercising with little to no cost.
- Illness or Fatigue: Workouts may be tailored to match the senior’s energy level, and he or she may slowly increase endurance level over time.
Remember, the key to ongoing success with any exercise program will be to make sure the older adult is comfortable and feels safe with the recommended plan and the exercises. If any pain is felt in muscles or bones the day after exercising, a lower intensity plan can be implemented; and check with the senior’s physician if the pain or discomfort continues.
The Charlotte, NC home care experts at Comprehensive Home Care can work with your senior loved one’s physician to develop a safe exercise plan matching his or her abilities to increase strength, independence, and overall quality of life. Contact us at 704-333-5214 for more exercise tips for seniors, and to find out more about how our professional in-home care services can help your senior loved one thrive!