Staying active is important at all phases of life! From T-Ball teams to evening walks, we could all use a healthy amount of exercise to take care of our bodies. The same is true with Seniors- their bodies need exercise too! Exercising has so many beneficial qualities, have you though about these perks of engaging in regular physical activity?

  • Social relationship building (walk & talk with a friend!)
  • Memory care (yes, your brain can be tended to through exercising!)
  • Depression prevention (endorphins are released when we exercise, improving our mood!)

Maybe you’re thinking, well, my mother (or Client) has “limited mobility.” Exercising is harder for her! In that case, exercise is even more important for you to prioritize for your Client or loved one. When we have physical disabilities or restrictions, our mood can be affected since we cannot do what we once could. Our bodies are also more in need of movement, since they are not offered the same quality or quantity of exercise that we once gave them! With decreased activity, problems such as “atrophied muscles, difficulty breathing, unsteady balance, and poor blood flow” can arise.

So, with mobility restrictions, we have to get creative.

  • Take a short walk around the block, or house. Go as slowly as you need!
  • Chair exercises (can even be done while watching TV!) Here is a how-to:
    • Sit up straight to engage your core muscles
    • Try some light air-punching while seated (for a challenge, add weights!)

Regular exercise has been found to delay or even cure many ailing diseases and conditions. Maybe the medicine your loved one needs is movement! It can lighten their load right now, and prevent more medical complications in the future.

Keep encouraging your client or loved one in their pursuit of healthy exercise. It might be hard at first- they might say no every day. If they get on board, don’t get frustrated if they skip a few days! We all need time to form good habits. Just try again and switch up the exercises often to make them more enjoyable. Maybe add some music, a fun workout show, or a change of scenery (the YMCA, the mall, a park, or just the backyard!) to increase the variety of options.

Let’s get moving!

Source: https://www.umh.org/assisted-independent-living-blog/bid/337684/the-importance-of-keeping-your-aging-senior-active

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