Osteoporosis can cause bones to become brittle and weak. This makes the osteoporosis sufferer (or her caregiver or senior care aide) think that she shouldn’t do physical exercise, so as not to risk causing fractures. However, this could not be further from the truth.
Physical exercise is actually a great way to improve one’s health with osteoporosis. Strengthening the muscles helps to protect the bones they surround, which doesn’t just make your body stronger, but makes you feel stronger and more capable and confident as well.
While you do still have to be careful not to over-do it, there are many exercises that seniors with osteoporosis can do that will make them feel much better. It is recommended, though, that the senior do these exercises in the presence of a loved one or a senior care aide, in case of a fall.
Here are four different types of exercises recommended for osteoporosis sufferers:
- Aerobic exercises – Weight-bearing aerobic exercises are exercises that are performed while the person exercising supports their body weight with their bones. Some examples of this include dancing, walking, and stair-climbing. These exercises are effective because they not only strengthen your muscles and bones, but they get your heart rate up as well, which provides a whole host of health benefits for your entire body.
- Strength-based exercises – Strength-based exercises build muscle, which in turn supports the bones. Wight lifting and using resistance bands is a great way to train your muscles, and is very effective at strengthening the muscles in your spine. This type of exercise also helps add bone density – something that is very important in people with osteoporosis.
- Balance exercises – Falling can cause many problems for people with osteoporosis, including fractured or broken bones. The best way to combat this risk is to reduce the likelihood of falling in the first place. Exercises such as standing on one leg or doing yoga or tai chi can greatly help to improve one’s balance, making you much less likely to fall.
- Stretching exercises – Stretching gets the blood flowing throughout your body, and helps to keep your joints in good shape. People with osteoporosis should not do stretches that involve bending over or twisting the spine excessively, but a light stretch in the arms and legs is usually fine, as long as the body is warmed up.
As you can see, there are many ways to keep in shape without hurting oneself. Don’t let osteoporosis keep your loved one from being healthy and feeling good! All it takes is a bit of exercise each day, under the supervision of you or your senior care aide, and you will see a world of difference in your loved one. They will not only be stronger, they will feel stronger, and will be less afraid to get out and experience things.
These exercises could be exactly what your senior needs to give them back the confidence they may have lost when they learned about their osteoporosis, and you’ll feel better too, for having helped them to feel better.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Modesto, 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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