As adults get older, they may be more inclined to be less physically active. However, living a sedentary lifestyle encourages the development of many disease processes. Inactivity often leads to various types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. However, there are some simple activities family caregivers can encourage seniors to start to maintain optimal health.
Walking costs nothing and can be easily accomplished all year long. Seniors don’t need a gym membership or the possession of exercise equipment. Walking is a great way to lose weight while boosting cardiovascular health. The heart becomes stronger while the vascular system relaxes and dilates. The more the body moves, the faster blood flows through the circulatory system and nourishes cells, tissues, and organs. Walking increases leg strength and balance. Older adults might want to start by walking 10 minutes twice each day, then gradually increasing their walking time and speed.
Some seniors need assistance with regular exercise so they can stay active and healthy. If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining healthy habits, consider hiring a professional caregiver. Families can rely on Home Care Assistance Austin to provide dedicated and compassionate in-home caregivers who are trained in our holistic Balanced Care Method, which was designed to encourage seniors to exercise often, eat nutritious foods, maintain strong social ties, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity.
Squats are a simple but effective exercise for enhancing the muscle tone of the buttocks, hamstrings, and quadriceps. Performing the exercise burns calories and enhances an older adult’s ability to bend, lift, and walk. Sedentary seniors might want to consider performing squats during commercial breaks while watching their favorite programs. Performing squats requires standing against the wall with the feet approximately one foot apart, then slowly lower the upper body until the knees are parallel to the floor.
Swimming is a great form of exercise for seniors who need to avoid weight-bearing joint stress. Many communities have outdoor pools. Fitness and recreation centers often have indoor pools, which enables seniors to swim every month of the year. The water provides just enough resistance to strengthen and tone all of the major muscle groups. By swimming or taking part in water aerobics classes, older adults also boost their cardiovascular health.
Seniors who need extra help with exercising and boosting their physical health can hire a caregiver. Austin elder care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently.
4. Stationary Cycling
Riding a stationary bike is ideal for older adults who need low-impact activity. Seniors may enjoy cycling while listening to their favorite music or watching a TV show or a movie. Depending on the type of cycle used, seniors exercise their legs and possibly their upper body. The action of cycling provides cardiovascular benefits in addition to burning calories. Seniors should start riding the bike for 10 minutes once or twice a day and gradually increase the time and intensity.
5. Strength Training
Lifting weights enhances muscle strength and tone while burning calories. The exercise also boosts the cardiovascular system. When first starting out, seniors can use lightweight dumbbells and wrist and ankle weights. They can wear weights while performing daily tasks, or exercise while listening to music or watching TV.
Some aging adults need assistance to enhance physical health and increase activity in the golden years. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Austin Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks. To schedule an in-home consultation, give us a call today at (512) 623-7800.