According to a survey by AARP most older adults don’t realize that they are not getting enough activity. Many in the survey were surprised by how much activity is recommended for older adults. Exercise is one of the best things that seniors can do to stay healthy. Doctors say that the minimum amount of exercise seniors should be getting is 30 minutes of activity a day. But doing more is always recommended. Their senior home care aides can encourage them to try to fit it in during the day.
It can be tough for seniors to find the motivation to get active. That’s why seniors need to try activities like these to make exercise fun:
Walking is a low-impact and accessible exercise that can be done almost anywhere. Seniors can take leisurely walks around the neighborhood, in a local park, or even inside a shopping mall during inclement weather. Seniors can also walk with their senior home care provider to make walking more fun. Or, they can join a walking group.
Put on some music and have a dance party in the living room! Dancing not only gets the heart rate up but also brings joy and can be a social activity if done with friends or family.
Seniors with limited mobility can do seated exercises. Lift legs, tap feet, or do arm circles while sitting in a sturdy chair to improve strength and flexibility. Senior home care can help seniors with limited range of motion or limited mobility be more active.
Swimming or Water Aerobics
Water provides buoyancy and reduces the impact on joints. Swimming or participating in water aerobics classes can be gentle yet effective exercises. Many gyms and fitness centers have pools and offer senior-friendly lap swimming times and water aerobics classes.
Tai Chi is a slow, flowing martial art that focuses on balance, coordination, and flexibility. It’s a gentle way to exercise both the body and mind. Seniors often gather in parks to do group Tai Chi outdoors in nature.
Yoga helps improve flexibility, balance, and muscle strength. Many seniors find gentle yoga classes or videos specifically designed for their needs. Streaming yoga classes are great for seniors who have trouble leaving the house.
Playing catch with a softball, bouncing a balloon, or even playing a game of gentle toss can improve hand-eye coordination and engage the body.
Gardening involves a range of movements such as bending, reaching, and digging. It’s a productive way to stay active and enjoy nature.
Practice golf putting in the backyard or even indoors. It’s a fun way to work on coordination and concentration.
Pilates focuses on core strength and stability. Seniors can find modified Pilates routines that cater to their abilities.
Set up a “net” (a string or ribbon) and use a balloon as the ball. Playing balloon volleyball promotes movement and can be done seated or standing.
Explore local trails that offer gentle inclines and beautiful scenery. Hiking can provide cardiovascular exercise and a connection to nature.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Home Care Services in Shafter CA please contact the caring staff at Purpose Driven Home Health & Home Care. Call (661) 412-9730.
Purpose Driven Home Health & Home Care provides exceptional home care for seniors and families in Bakersfield, Wasco, Shafter, Delano, Lamont, Arvin, Taft, Tehachapi, Frazier Park, McFarland, and surrounding areas.
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