As seniors enter their golden years, it’s important for them to engage in regular physical activity and exercise to maintain strength and keep their bodies healthy. Far too often, seniors start to become lethargic and spend more time sitting and being inactive. When combined with the amount of time spent sleeping, this can lead to mobility issues and cause drastic changes in a senior’s quality of life. Here are some great physical exercises and activities for aging adults.
Stretching helps the body remain limber and ensures joints function well. It isn’t difficult and can be done by just about any senior, even one with mobility issues. Stretching is best performed after taking a warm bath or shower, when the body is warm and the muscles are relaxed. Your aging loved one should stretch his or her fingers, wrists, arms, neck, shoulders, legs, feet, back, ankles, toes, and any other areas of the body he or she can. Extend upper and lower extremities out, and then slowly rotate wrists, arms, ankles, and legs in clockwise and counterclockwise directions for about 30 to 60 seconds each. Rotate the shoulders and neck in small circular motions. For the back, slowly stretch forward and hold this position for about 10 seconds, and then repeat several times.
Aerobic exercises help with the circulatory and cardiovascular systems. Many seniors don’t even realize they’re doing aerobic exercises while enjoying their favorite hobbies. Did you know gardening, golfing, swimming, dancing, and even housekeeping are all forms of aerobic exercise? Even walking short distances daily is considered a healthy form of aerobic exercise.
Many seniors find walking even more enjoyable with companions. For families living in Denver, respite care can be a wonderful solution when their aging loved ones need companionship and socialization a few hours a week or just need minor assistance with daily household tasks. At Home Care Assistance, we thrive on helping seniors maintain their independence while living in the comfort of home.
The best way to maintain strength is by performing as many tasks as possible without assistance—for instance, putting away dishes, running the vacuum, carrying small loads of laundry, and so on. Your loved one can even carry a light weight in each hand or wear ankle weights while walking when he or she wants to add strength building to his or her aerobic exercise program. Some seniors also find joining gyms or fitness centers that offer senior programs is a great way to ensure they remain active. Plus, joining a gym is a great way to meet other seniors and make new friends.
If your loved one needs help performing exercises, consider hiring a professional caregiver. Elder care professionals can be a wonderful boon to seniors. Whether they require around-the-clock supervision or just need assistance with exercise and household tasks a few days a week, seniors can enjoy a higher quality of life with the help of trusted in-home caregivers.
Activities for Seniors with Mobility Issues
Even if seniors have mobility issues or medical conditions such as arthritis, exercising and performing various physical activities can help. The types of exercises and activities your loved one does each day don’t have to be overly intensive or strenuous. Rather, there are plenty of things your parent can do to exercise the parts of the body he or she is able to move.
If your aging loved one needs help managing everyday tasks or encouragement to adopt healthier lifestyle choices, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care. Denver Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives. To schedule a free in-home consultation, give us a call at (720) 443-3371 today.