Staying active is a vital component to support the overall quality and health of life as you age. Unfortunately, due to many seniors’ challenges, i.e., fear of falling, age-related chronic health issues, or mobility problems, taking that first step in improving your health can be easier said than done. However, you don’t need to have full mobility to increase your fitness and improve your health. That’s why we have pulled together a list of the best fitness tips for seniors with limited mobility.
Regardless of your age, it is easy to get carried away by that rush of the excitement of starting something new in your life.
However, doing too much too quickly can cause more harm than good. Sedentary bodies must start slowly, adjusting to movement again. Even small changes can serve as the groundwork for significant changes. Need inspiration on where to start? Check out these simple yet effective exercises.
Do It Daily
If you are looking to help your senior loved one reap the benefits of working out, encourage them to do it daily. According to many leading experts in this field, committing to everyday exercise has many benefits, including better sleep, weight control, enhanced mood, and improved strength.
Only Light Weights
Improving muscle strength is vital when it comes to preserving the quality of a senior’s life. Therefore, it’s recommended to start with ultra-lightweights of just one or two pounds and then, over time, gradually increasing the weight. If weights are not available, a great alternative is sealed cans of food or water bottles.
Flexibility is an essential element of physical health. Therefore, adults should focus on stretching exercises to improve their flexibility and enjoy the freedom of improved movement. The best thing about stretching is that it can be done at any time or place. Just remember to, you need to warm up beforehand!
Listen To Your Body
Minor aches and discomfort are to be expected after starting a new exercise journey. However, seniors should immediately stop doing anything that causes stabbing, sharp, or joint pain. Remember, joints should always be slightly bent, and movements should be controlled, steady, and slow.
Assisted’s in-home caregivers can help keep you and your loved ones stay active and enjoy a higher quality of life. Assisted is here to help, to learn how our team of skilled healthcare professionals can help you or a loved one, visit www.AssistedCares.com or call us today at 805-949-6555.