As the temperatures drop many of us find it difficult to get enough exercises, this is especially true for the elderly. Outdoor activities can be dangerous due to the risk of falling and catching illnesses. However, exercise is essential as you age as it promotes healthy blood flow, prevents memory loss, decreases joint pain, among other benefits. So, how can seniors stay active in the winter without putting themselves at risk?
See below for winter exercise tips for the elderly:
Layers are handy as they can be added and removed based on their comfort.
Most of the body’s heat escapes through the head, so wearing a hat is essential.
Be on alert for breathing difficulties as hypothermia and exhaustion may occur.
Walking around a mall or an indoor track is a great alternative to outdoor walks.
Many communities offer senior exercise classes.
Swimming is a great, low impact work out for the elderly.
Take advantage of work out videos targeted towards the elderly.
Comprehensive Home Care can also help find ways to keep your senior loved one active during the winter months. Contact us here or call us at 704.333.5214 to see how we can provide assistance.