Exercise sounds easy enough until you and your senior start to put a plan in place for her. it can be especially difficult if your senior has never really exercised before.
Start out with Her Doctor
Any time that you and your aging adult want to make some changes to her lifestyle, whether that’s changing her diet or adding exercise, start with a visit to her doctor. By doing this, you’ll have a good overview about where your senior’s health is now and what she can handle in terms of exercise. It’s much easier to avoid overdoing it when you know where her limitations are.
Brainstorm Ideas for Exercise Options
Sit down with your senior and start brainstorming ideas for her new exercise plan. If she’s got mobility issues, consider water exercises. These types of exercises can give your senior a solid workout while avoiding complications. If she enjoys being out in nature, walking along nature trails or in parks might be a good option. There’s a fit for her, you may just have to find it.
Make it a Social Situation
Exercise can be an excellent way for your senior to catch up with friends and family members. Even if that’s not something that will work for your elderly family member, taking a walk with home care providers might be just the right answer. Again, you may need to try on a few different solutions.
Go Slowly for Best Results
Many people feel that attacking exercise head-on and quickly is going to give them the best results. The problem with that approach is that it can burn your senior out really quickly. She may start out strong, but that can fade quickly. Ramping up is much easier to do and it gives your elderly family member a leg up on continuing.
Stick with It
The biggest challenge for many people starting a new exercise program is to keep it up. If you’ve planned properly and your senior is taking her time implementing the plan, she’s going to find it much easier to stick with an exercise plan.
Remember that there’s no rush. Your senior will get better results from her new exercise program by being patient with the process and with herself.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING HOME CARE IN GARLAND, TX, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE TODAY. CALL (214) 272-2188.