Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – Exercise for the Elderly
As you grow older, staying active becomes more important than ever. Regular exercise can help boost energy, maintain your independence and manage symptoms of illness or pain. Exercise can also slow down some of the signs of aging and remember exercise is good for your mind, mood and memory. Whether you maintain a healthy lifestyle or are managing a illness, there are a ton of ways to get more active, improve confidence and boost your fitness.
Starting a regular exercise routine can be a little challenging as you grow older. You may feel discouraged by an illness, ongoing health problems or concerns about injury. Or, if you’ve never established a exercise routine before you may not know where to begin. While these may seem like good reasons to steer clear of exercise, they’re actually even better reasons to get moving!
No matter what age or fitness level you are at, it is never too late to take care of your health. Committing to a routine of physical activity is one of the healthiest decisions you can make.
Before you get moving, here are a few things to consider:
- Get medical clearance from your doctors before starting your workout routine, especially if you have a preexisting condition.
- Start off slowly if you haven’t been active in a while, it can be harmful to go “all out”.
- Commit to an exercise schedule for at least 3-4 weeks so that it becomes a habit and force yourself to stick with it.
- Stay motivated by focusing on short-term goals, such as improving your mood and energy levels and reducing stress, rather than goals such as weight loss, which can take longer to longer to achieve and be frustrating when you don’t see results right away.
- Recognize problems. Stop exercising immediately if you start feeling dizzy or short of breath, develop chest pain or pressure, break out in a cold sweat or experience pain.
Staying active is not a science. Just remember that mixing different types of exercise helps both reduce monotony and improve your overall health. The key is to find activities that you enjoy. Here are some activities that are beneficial to older adults:
- Walking is a perfect way to start exercising. It requires no special equipment, aside from a comfortable pair of walking shoes and can be done anywhere.
- Senior sports or fitness classes. Keeps you motivated while also providing a source of fun, stress relief, and a place to meet friends.
- Water aerobics and water sports. Working out in water is wonderful for seniors because water reduces stress and strain on the body’s joints.
- Combines a series of poses with breathing. Moving through the poses works on strength, flexibility and balance. Yoga can be adapted to any level.
- Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Martial arts-inspired systems of movement that increase balance and strength. Classes for seniors are often available at your local YMCA or community center.
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