The advantages of exercise don’t lessen as we age, and it’s extremely crucial for older adults to keep as active a lifestyle as possible. Even those that are bedridden or wheelchair-bound have a full range of options available to strengthen, improve resistance and flexibility.
The initial step is always to consult with the physician to get a recommendation and approval for an exercise program that’s attainable for the individual. To start, working out even as little as several minutes a day, repeated several times through the day, can significantly enhance the senior’s health.
Following are several kinds of exercise for seniors that can help them stay fit and active:
- Aerobic Exercises: If full body movements aren’t possible, exercises from a seated position are available to build cardiovascular strength. If possible, good options include:
- Swimming or water aerobics
- Tai Chi
- Resistance Workouts: To enhance and strengthen muscles, resistance exercises can be performed with elastic bands, available in a number of tensile strengths. The Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences states that even only one day per week of strength training assists older adults in maintaining independence and reducing the risk of injuries.
- Flexibility Exercises: Stretches help improve flexibility and freedom of motion. Check for yoga classes at local senior or recreation centers.
- Alzheimer’s Exercises: In the first phases of Alzheimer’s especially, an assortment of exercise options are attainable, and with increasing supervision and some modifications, can be continued while the disease progresses. Since repetition is frequently a comfort to those with Alzheimer’s disease, activities such as walking, riding a stationary bicycle, and folding laundry are beneficial to both the person’s physical and mental state.
Encouraging your senior loved one to begin and then stick with an exercise program is key. Try these ideas to ensure it is also something fun that he or she will enjoy:
- Participate in an exercise regime with the older adult. It’s always more fun to exercise with a buddy.
- Add favorite, upbeat music.
- Set aside devoted time each day for exercise, and make it a priority.
- Designate incentives or rewards for attaining milestones.
For more tips on how to encourage exercise for seniors, contact Live Well at Home by Eskaton. Our expert Sacramento in-home caregivers are experienced in helping older adults thrive and enhance their overall wellbeing, and we love nothing more than knowing the seniors in our care are healthy and enjoying life to the fullest! Call us at 916-459-3220 for more information!