With more and more people getting vaccinated, it is becoming easier for seniors to be more active out in the world safely. While it is still important to practice social distancing and wear masks, many senior citizens could benefit from going outside and getting some exercise. This article will explore ways for seniors to get active while staying safe.
Exercise in an Advanced Age
Exercise is a term that can change drastically as you age. Elderly individuals usually don’t have the ability to safely operate gym equipment or go to a cross fit class. At this stage, “exercise” for most seniors might include light activity, stretching, or movement. It is important to consult with your physician before beginning any exercise programs, to see what might be a good fit for you and your level of fitness.
Hydrating and Exercise for Seniors
Hydration is vital when exercising at any age. However, your thirst receptors may dull as you age. Dehydration is a common problem for non-active seniors. Be sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your physical activity.
Get Moving – Small Walks
Taking a nice walk around the block or through the park is a good place to start. Stick to paved paths that are well maintained. If you are not comfortable around crowds after the pandemic, consider walking near your home or in residential areas rather than parks or malls. A short walk in your neighborhood can be good because it can be easy to head back home when you are tired. Don’t be afraid to start small. Turn back when you feel like it’s too much. If needed, bring a loved one or an aide along for your safety.
Senior Exercise Classes
Senior exercise classes may not be accessible for all because of the pandemic. However, more tech-savvy seniors may be able to find exercise classes tailored to seniors online. Socially distanced classes could be available at local parks. Based on the level of activity you can handle, consider looking into what is available to you.
Chair-Based Exercise at Home
There are many exercises that can be done from the comfort of your home, especially for seniors with limited mobility. Exercises that utilize a chair for support can be beneficial to seniors looking to stretch or stay limber.
Get Active in the Pool
If you or a family member owns a pool, consider using it to stay active. Swimming is a fantastic form of exercise that uses the whole body. If you cannot swim effectively, consider using the pool to perform other stretches and movements. The water adds resistance while reducing strain to joints. It’s the reason why water aerobics classes are popular with senior citizens.
More than Just Physical Activity
To maintain a healthy lifestyle, you need more than just exercise. A proper diet and plenty of rest is important to maintain your body and continue feeling better. Be sure to discuss any exercise or dietary concerns with your primary care physician. They will be able to help you discuss ways that you can improve your daily life with these changes.
Support at Home with a Home Health Aide
Hiring a home health aide from SafeHarbor Healthcare can be a big help in improving your health and quality of life. Our aides are trained to assist our clients in meal preparation, accompaniment on walks, and other household activities that can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. A home health aide can help you improve your quality of life as well as your overall health.
Safe Harbor Healthcare Services does not provide medical, healthcare, or financial advice via articles. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for medical advice.
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