Warm weather – engage in exercise with your loved ones!
Most people know that exercising can improve the health of an elder. This is important to reduce stress, encourage independence, enhance the mood and strengthen their physical condition.
In many cases, simple movements can help slow-moving elders get the necessary exercise they need, without having to leave the home. As a safety precaution, we recommend that your loved ones consult with a doctor first and if needed, exercise with a family member.
To get them excited and ready, here are some easy ways to get your loved ones moving!
Stretching: There are several online apps to encourage stretching and yoga. These can be done at home or in a class to help with stretching, but as daily activities decrease, yoga could become more important and may be the only physical activity that is reasonable for some elders. To get started, go to YouTube.com and search for “Stretching for Seniors”.
Strength: As we get older and decrease our activity, our muscles may tend to also decrease in mass and we may become weaker. Muscle mass is important to achieving stability to prevent falls and keep our balance. Help your loved ones gain their strength with some simple training exercises and easy 3 or 5 lb weights! The sense of accomplishment alone will boost their morale.
Balance: Balance brings it all together and may be among the most important to helping the elder achieve more mobility and keeping them safer at home. A simple fall can result in serious injury that might have been caused because of reduced balance. Some elderly diseases such as osteoporosis, reduces the elders balance and increases the necessity of balance exercises.
Lastly, as the weather gets nicer – and as the warmth approaches this week – please get outside on a nice walk with your loved ones. It’s a perfect time of year to get some fresh air, enjoy the sunshine and rejuvenate the spirit.
And last but not least, try to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day together!