Wednesday July 8, 2015
As you or your loved one ages, you might notice that maintaining regular levels of physical activity can be a challenge. In this edition of Wellness Wednesday’s, we take a look at some helpful tips regarding exercise and fitness for seniors.
Why is fitness so important for seniors?
As someone ages, an active lifestyle is more important than ever. Regular exercise can help a senior boost their energy, maintain their independence, and manage their symptoms of illness or pain. Not only is exercise good for you/your loved ones physical health, but it is also good for the mind, mood, and memory.
According to Health Canada, regular physical activity can also help seniors maintain strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination, all of which help reduce the risk of falls.
How can you/your loved one be more physically active?
Being physically active does not have to mean running a marathon or spending hours at a gym. The first thing that you/your loved one should do is look for simple ways to be physically active every day. Some ideas include:
The next thing you/your loved one may want to consider is joining local community activities targeted towards seniors. Some examples of programs include:
How can you/your loved one stay safe while exercising?
Committing to regular physical activity is one of the healthiest decisions you/your loved one can make. Before getting started, though, it is important to consider how best to stay safe:
What if you/your loved one have limitations preventing you/them from physical activity?
Even if you/your loved one are frail or use a wheelchair, there are still ways to improve fitness with strength training, flexibility, and even some cardio activities. Here are some suggestions you should consider:
Remember that the more you/your loved one exercise, the more benefit you will see to your/their health. Exercising safely and finding fitness activities that you/your loved one enjoy will help you/them to stay motivated.
Don’t miss our next edition of Wellness Wednesday’s where we look at tips for preventing loneliness as you or your loved one ages!
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