At least five days a week, seniors should be getting 30 minutes of exercise. This is essential to staying healthy both mentally and physically. Your dad may not be as eager to get in that daily exercise. If your dad has the “I’m too old to exercise” mentality, you’ll want to try these activities that blend fun with fitness.
If your dad has an inground pool nearby at a senior center or local Y, aqua jogging is a sport that many seniors find enjoyable. Wearing a waist-level flotation device, your dad goes into the deep end of the pool and starts jogging. He’ll move his arms and legs like he’s jogging, but he won’t really move too far. As he’s in the water, it’s easy on the joints, but it still provides a great workout.
Gardening is one of the easiest ways to get exercise. While your dad works in his garden beds, he’ll be bending, using arm muscles to dig, and walking from one area to the other. A few packs of seeds don’t cost much. Plus, your dad ends up with fresh produce for a healthier diet.
If your dad has a nearby golf course, golf is a great way to work out the arms, hips, back, and legs. If he skips the golf cart, he’ll spend hours walking around, which is one of the best forms of exercise for seniors.
Your dad might not like the idea of riding a bike on the busy streets. Indoor cycling allows him to ride a bike for exercise from the safety of indoors. In a climate-controlled environment, your dad hops on a bike, puts on a scenic video, and rides his bike in a beautiful setting.
This is a great exercise for your dad and your kids. Wii Bowling is an interactive video game that uses motion-sensing controllers. Your dad gets to bowl without holding an actual ball. Using the controller, your dad performs the motions of bowling on a virtual bowling lane. An entire group can play together and have fun while working out the legs and arms.
Finally, Zumba Gold is a slower form of Zumba that suits seniors. In this fitness program, seniors join their instructor doing choreographed dance moves to music. Your dad may find himself getting in shape and wanting to advance to a normal Zumba group.
Caregivers can join your dad in his exercise routines. He’ll have someone to join him as he gets his daily exercise. Elderly care services go beyond companionship. Caregivers can also help your dad cook healthy meals, drive him to stores, and help with housework. Call us today to get started.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDERLY CARE IN IRVING, TX, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE TODAY. CALL (214) 272-2188.