Exercise is an important part of keeping your loved one healthy. Always make sure to clear a new exercise plan with your loved one’s doctor to ensure that it’s right for her. Some types of exercise might make particular sense for your senior.
Flexibility and Balance Exercises.
If your loved one has awful balance and is not as flexible as she could be, falls become even more frightening for her than they already are. Look for ways to help your loved one to develop both her balance and flexibility as much as she can. One great way to do this is through yoga. Your loved one doesn’t have to graduate to headstands to get the benefits, though. Regular practice with some simple poses can do so much for her.
Your senior loses muscle tone as she ages and this can cause problems in many areas of her life. Including strength training exercises can help your loved one to keep doing the daily tasks that she wants to do, like climbing stairs and getting out of bed easily. Again, this doesn’t have to mean that your loved one is doing serious bodybuilding. Simple is best.
What you’re looking for with endurance exercises is a gradual increase in your loved one’s ability to keep moving. This involves improving her respiration and keeping her heart rate up. These types of exercises include walking, biking, dancing, and swimming. Your loved one needs to start slowly with endurance exercises and gradually build up her ability to keep going.
What Does She Like Doing?
When you’re looking for exercises for your senior to start trying, start out by examining what she likes doing. If your loved one hates a particular exercise, she’s not going to want to stick with it. Find something that she can keep going with and continue to benefit from doing regularly.
If your loved one is concerned about exercising alone, look for ways to help her have someone available. One solution is to hire elder care providers to help out. You could also set up a schedule with other family members.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in San Ramon, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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