As you age, physical activity and exercise is one of the best things you can do for your overall health. Exercising for seniors is an important aspect of daily living and health.
They may not be accustomed to exercising, they may not see what the big fuss is about, or there may even be some trepidation about trying something new. This being the case, here are some tips for how to help get your aging loved one moving.
One you likely can convince your aging loved one to do with you and the other you probably won’t. It is often easier to get a senior to do something with you than to ask them to do something alone for their own good. Here are some simple examples of having a senior doing something with you that is active:
Aside from the companionship benefits of having a dog, playing with a dog can be a great form of exercise. Sitting in the backyard and playing fetch with a dog will get the senior reaching to the dog and throwing the item to be fetched.
Stretching may be the easiest thing to convince a senior to do on their own. One reason is because it can be done fairly easily and can make them quickly feel better. Simple stretches like reaching with your arm in multiple directions just feels good. Hamstring stretches can be done while they are sitting in front of the TV on their favorite chair. All that is needed is to put one leg up on footrest and reach forward. This is very easy and keeping limber will help reduce injuries.
Convincing a senior to engage in some form of social dancing is probably the single best activity a senior can do. The reason is because dancing
Hopefully the tips above will help provoke some thoughts/ideas for you to get your loved one up and moving!