As we age, exercise becomes more essential. It’s vital for overall health and well-being to maintain as active a lifestyle as possible. While it may be challenging for seniors who struggle with mobility, there are still exercise options available to help boost strength, resistance, and flexibility.
Always check first with the senior’s primary physician to receive recommendations and approval for an elderly exercise program that is safe and will benefit the senior the most. When they first try the exercises, bear in mind that even as little as a few minutes each day, repeated several times throughout the day, can have a great impact on their health. Motivating your senior loved one to begin and stick with an exercise program is the key to success.
Consider the following elderly exercises:
Aerobics. There are many aerobics options for seniors including water aerobics and dance cardio. If full body movements aren’t an option, there are exercises that can be done while seated to help build cardio strength.
Resistance Exercises. To build strength in muscle tissue, exercising with resistance weights, like elastic bands, can help. The bands come in a variety of tensile strength levels. Even a day per week of strength training can help reduce the risk of injury.
Flexibility Exercises. Stretching is great for improving flexibility and freedom of movement. Search for yoga classes at a local senior or recreation center.
Dementia Exercises. In the early stages of dementia, there are a variety of exercise options. The same exercise can be modified and continued as the stages progress. Repetition is often comforting to seniors with dementia, so activities such as folding laundry, walking, and riding a stationary bike, can be helpful for both the physical and mental state.
The following suggestions can ensure that he or she will look forward to the program:
- Engage in the exercise program with your loved one. It’s more fun to exercise with a buddy.
- Or hire a trusted caregiver from the Comprehensive Home Care team to engage in the elderly exercise program with your loved one.
- Turn on his or her favorite, upbeat music while exercising.
- Set aside dedicated time each day for exercise, and make sure to keep it a priority.
- Consider offering incentives or rewards for attaining milestones for motivation.
For more recommendations on helping seniors increase activity levels, contact Comprehensive Home Care. Our professional in-home caregivers are experienced in helping older adults thrive and enhance their overall health and wellbeing. There’s nothing we love more than knowing that the seniors in our care are healthy and enjoying life to the fullest! Contact us at 704-333-5214 for more information on setting up an elderly exercise program to improve life for your senior loved one!