The list of things you would do for your senior loved one is long. Every day, you strive to provide them with not only their medical needs, but as a close supporter, you are also their source of emotional support as well. Another way you provide the care they need is to make sure they are getting enough physical activity.
Benefits Of Exercise For Seniors
We make sure young children get exercise to burn off their excess energy. As adults, we exercise in order to have a healthy body. For seniors, there are even more benefits to exercise, including:
- Regular exercise benefits those who suffer from high blood pressure
- Walking regularly strengthens leg muscles and helps increase balance, which both reduce the chance of falls
- Research has shown that physical activity can prevent or delay certain diseases and disabilities, including some chronic conditions
- Many studies have found that regular exercise reduces stress and increases moods for senior individuals. This is beneficial especially when considering results from one study that found that over 60 percent of seniors reported having feelings of depression.
Exercise Ideas For Your Senior Loved One
You may be intimidated or worried when thinking about ways to provide your loved one with physical activity. However, it is important to remember that exercise for senior individuals does not need to be rigorous. In fact, any regular activity that uses some form or movement will help your loved one gain and maintain mobility.
Here are a few activities to consider that are easy to manage and safe for seniors:
- Low impact aerobics
- Regular stretching or low impact yoga
Research Shows How Important Exercise Is for Seniors
Research has shown that the benefits of physical activity for seniors are far reaching. Some researchers have described “healthy aging” as the ability to avoid major diseases and disabilities that commonly affects individuals as they age. This can be achieved by having positive mental health, a sharp memory and strong personal relationships, as well as an active physical activity level. Researchers found the following facts to be true:
- Individuals exercising once a week or more were up to four times more likely to have a healthier life as they aged compared to those who participated in no physical activity.
- Those who did not exercise were less likely to participate in activities that promoted good mental health, such as social interaction.
- Individuals who were not physically active for a larger part of their mid-40s and 50s still benefited and increased their physical health later in life, despite a late start in having regular physical activity schedule.
Enriching your loved one’s physical and mental health are both priceless gifts that you are able to give your loved one by being their loving caregiver. The professional staff at Freudenthal Home Health enjoys being a part of your worthwhile journey. We can do so by offering our physical therapy staff for assistance, as well as many other services. Contact us today to learn more.