Uncategorized | June 24, 2020
Engaging in some type of regular physical activity is a great way to stay vital throughout the golden years. Physical activity and low-impact exercises, even in small amounts, contribute to good mood, reduced stress levels, and significantly boost overall health.
According to the CDC, 4 out of 5 most expensive-to-treat health conditions common in aging adults can be easily prevented and managed with just the right amount of physical activity. Unfortunately, it is estimated that only 35% of Canadians over 65 y/o remain physically active.
On the bright side, by regularly engaging in physical activities, older adults can lead a healthier, more dynamic lifestyle. For example, your loved one can reap health benefits such as:
However, before you encourage your parent to adopt a certain exercise regimen, consider consulting with their doctor first. A health professional can recommend the best physical activity based on your loved one’s medical history, age, and other factors.
There are plenty of ways to incorporate aerobic activity into the daily routine without having to leave the home. Some good examples of senior-friendly regimens include:
Aerobic exercise – Activities such as dancing, walking in place, or aerobics help aging adults to boost their cardiovascular health, burn calories, and maintain a healthy weight.
Strength building exercises – There is a number of low-impact exercises that can help your loved one increase muscle tone and build up stamina. The best part – you do not have to invest in expensive equipment as many of these exercises can be performed with household items or using your own body weight.
Stretching – Ideal for improving flexibility and range of motion, stretching before and after exercise prevents muscle inflammation and soreness. For seniors who wish to improve their flexibility even further, there are many online classes made specifically for the elderly.
Balance exercises – Yoga, tai chi, and similar low-impact activities are known for improving balance, mobility, and overall physical health.
If your Mom or Dad needs a little assistance to get started, do not hesitate to reach out to their physician, friends, or professional caregivers. It is never too late to make positive changes and replace a sedentary lifestyle with an active one!
At Comfort Keepers of Victoria, dedicated caregivers encourage, support, and assist with physician-prescribed exercise regimens. Moreover, our experts can promote overall wellness and provide your senior loved one with meal planning, grocery shopping, meal preparation, meaningful activities, and more.
Our customized care plans focus on improving physical and mental health, allowing clients to lead fulfilling, happier lives, regardless of age or acuity.
If you would like to learn more about our services contact us to schedule a free in-home consultation today!