Staying active is important. Regardless of age, regular physical activity is required for balance, strength, and cardiovascular health. Exercise also reduces the risk of chronic disease. We can all improve our physical health and vitality by increasing activity levels. Begin slowly and gradually increase by frequency and intensity.
Walking is Always Available
Walking is available for every age and ability, with no need for an expensive membership at a gym! Stroll the neighborhood or venture out to nature trails. Walking feels even better when family or friends come along!
Do What You Can
Do what you can. Even TV doesn’t have to be unhealthy, especially if there’s a stationary bike or treadmill to use while watching a show. Let the commercials be cues for time to stretch or use hand weights for increased muscle strength.
Enjoy the Garden
Enjoy herbs, produce and flowers from the backyard! Allow the senses to awaken from the natural aromatic scents of the outdoors. Getting outside promotes feelings of well-being, too.
Golfing is Good
Golfing offers opportunities to exercise and walk when a golf cart isn’t used. Besides, it can be a fun social time that is stimulating to the brain.
Swimming strengthens the cardiovascular, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems. It’s recommended for adults with arthritis or joint pain, too. Community pools usually have water aerobics classes and designated times for older adults to enjoy the water.
Hire Professional Help when Necessary
Of course, all older adults may need assistance at times and your loved one may truly enjoy the benefits of a caregiver. Home Care Assistance can help with daily tasks or other physical activities that enhance their independent lifestyle. Transporting an adult to a medical appointment can be incredibly helpful!
The family often recognizes there aren’t enough hours in the day to help with all the activities their loved ones want or need, but there’s no reason to feel sad or guilty when Home Care Assistance can help. Respite care will allow the older adult uninterrupted activities while the family caregiver gets a well-earned break.
Home Care Assistance professionals can help with meals, physical activity and personal hygiene for a day, weekend, or longer. Call us at Home Care Assistance in Knoxville, TN to inquire about reliable in-home care for seniors.