Initiating a routine exercise habit is difficult at any age. Performing exercises is strenuous. We don’t want to waste the time. We're feeling the pain from yesterday's exercising. We've all made excuses such as these for avoiding physical fitness; but frailty and advanced age make it even more daunting to keep up with an exercise routine and maintain senior fitness.
Help at Home Senior Care hopes to help aging adults continue to be active with tips to eliminate the following senior fitness obstacles:
- Self-confidence: It’s common for older adults to feel overwhelmed with the thought of meeting exercise goals and objectives. It can be beneficial to begin slowly with exercises that are easily accomplished and progress slowly; and, motivate the senior with frequent encouragement.
- Attitude: Attitude is critical when it comes to physical fitness. If approached negatively, it will be much more difficult to adhere to an effective exercise regimen. Opt for activities that will be enjoyable and that the older adult will look forward to.
- Pain: The expression, “No pain, no gain,” just isn’t true. Older adults should refrain from overdoing it and decrease the intensity level if being afflicted by pain or discomfort.
- Disabilities: Aging adults with physical or cognitive limitations can and should stay physically active in accordance with their ability level. Check with the physician for a referral to a personal trainer or physical therapist who can come up with a program of specialized exercises.
- Fear of Injury/Balance Problems: There are a variety of assistive devices to support safe, effective exercising while still maximizing senior fitness.
- Financial Concerns: It does not have to cost a lot of money to stay fit! Walking and other straightforward exercises in and around the senior's home, utilizing typical household objects, can be incorporated into an exercise regimen at little to no cost.
- Illness or Fatigue: Exercises can be customized to match the older individual's energy level, and he or she may slowly increase the endurance level in time.
Keep in mind that the trick to ongoing success with an exercise program is to assure the older adult feels comfortable and safe with the strategy and the exercises. If pain is felt in muscles or joints the day after exercising, a lowered intensity can be implemented; and check with the doctor if the pain or discomfort continues.
Help at Home Senior Care's caregivers will work with your loved one's physician to implement a safe exercise plan in line with his or her abilities to boost strength, independence, and overall quality of life. Reach out to us at (530) 885-7444 to learn more about the positive aspects of daily exercise in improving senior fitness and to learn more about our home care and Alzheimer's care in Lincoln, CA and the surrounding areas.
The perks of engaging in physical activity do not decline as we age, and it’s extremely essential to have ability-appropriate workout routines for older adults. Even those who are confined to a bed or are wheelchair-bound have a wide range of opportunities available to strengthen, develop resistance, and improve flexibility.
The initial step is always to consult the physician to get a recommendation on the most beneficial exercises and activities for older persons that fit with their activity level and medical history. Initially, exercising even for as little as a couple of minutes every day, repeated several times during the day, can considerably enhance the senior’s health and wellbeing.
Below are several examples of the best workout routines for older adults:
- Aerobics: If whole body movements aren’t feasible, exercises from a sitting position can be substituted to develop cardio strength. When possible, beneficial choices include:
- Swimming or water aerobics
- Tai Chi
- Resistance Exercises: To build and strengthen muscles, resistance exercises can be executed with elastic bands, which can be found in a variety of tensile strengths. The Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences shares that even just one day each week of resistance activity helps seniors retain independence and decrease the threat of injuries.
- Flexibility Exercises: Stretching exercises help improve flexibility and range of motion. Search for yoga classes at local senior or recreation centers.
- Alzheimer’s Exercises: In the earlier stages of dementia, a range of exercise opportunities is possible, and, with enhanced supervision and some adjustments, can be continued as the disease progresses. Since repetition is often comforting to those with Alzheimer’s disease, activities such as walking, riding a stationary bike, and folding laundry are helpful to both the senior's mental and physical state.
Encouraging your loved one to start and then stick with an exercise routine is integral to success. Try these tips to make it something enjoyable that he or she will look forward to:
- Join in an exercise program with the older adult. It’s always more fun to exercise with a buddy.
- Add favorite, upbeat music.
- Set aside dedicated time each and every day expressly for physical fitness, and make it a priority.
- Put in place incentives or rewards for reaching milestones.
For more tips on helping seniors increase activity levels, contact Help at Home Senior Care. Our expert in-home caregivers are knowledgeable in helping older individuals thrive and enhance their overall wellbeing, and we love nothing more than having the assurance that the older adults in our care are healthy and living life to the fullest! Reach out to us at (530) 885-7444 to learn more about how we provide the kind of senior care Grass Valley and other nearby areas choose first! For more information about all of the different communities we serve in California, please visit our Service Area page.