Your elderly parent most likely has significantly less energy than they did in their younger days as a result of their advanced age. While running around and playing with their children was something the senior could easily do during your childhood, now they may feel exhausted just by simply getting off the couch.
No matter how tired they are feeling, exercise is vital for their health and energy levels.
There are a wide variety of reasons that seniors refuse to exercise. It could have something to do with a physical disability they have or lack of motivation. Whatever their reason, you or an elder homecare provider should encourage them to get moving each day with these tips.
Consult with their doctor. Before beginning any exercise program, your loved one needs to check with their doctor to make sure it is safe for them to do. The doctor or physical therapist can also help create a customized workout plan to help them stay fit despite their physical disabilities and/or limitations.
Do something fun. Exercising does not have to be a boring activity that the senior dreads. In fact, by doing something they enjoy, the elder will be more likely to continue making exercise a regular part of their day. Swimming, walking, dancing, and yoga are just a few ideas that the elder may have fun doing.
Do not exercise alone. Besides doing an activity they enjoy, working out with a partner is another great way to motivate the elder to get moving. This person can be a family member, friend, neighbor, or elder homecare provider. Having someone to workout with will give the senior the push they need to continue staying active.
Begin at a low intensity. Especially when first starting out, it is important not to overdo it. Your loved one should begin at a low intensity and gradually increase the intensity as they become more fit.
Remember to warm up and cool down. Because older adults have stiffer muscles and less elasticity, it is important to take the time to warm up and cool down during each workout. Failing to do so could result in a serious injury.
Wear the right clothing. Seniors need to make sure they are wearing appropriate clothing for each workout. This should include the right footwear and lightweight clothing that is perfect for the humidity, activity, and temperature.
With these tips, your loved one will be able to stay fit and healthy as they age.