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How Seniors Can Stay Active

by Senior Care Society on 02/12/2013 - 03:33 pm

Tag: Caregiver Advice

No matter what your age, regular exercise is a vitally important component of life but especially so for seniors. It can be easy to get into a sedimentary routine but this can lead to poor health and inactivity as you reach those golden years so how can seniors stay active both in body and mind this New Year?

 

Gentle exercise

Exercise doesn't have to be unbearably strenuous; in fact for those who may not have exercised for a while, a gentle exercise routine is advisable. Even a brisk walk around the block can help stimulate the blood flow and get the heart pumping and this is an exercise many people can do. Treadmills are also a useful way to do some walking without going on a long journey or setting foot outside in the cold weather.

 

For those who have a dog, this can be a great excuse to get out and about more often as it is fun and easy exercise which keeps seniors fit and healthy. There are many people looking for dog walkers for those with some time on their hands and a love of dogs so this could be the ideal solution for those without a pet to get some company, a good walk and, depending on the situation, a little extra cash!

 

Stretches 

If walking is out of the question then starting the day with some yoga stretches or pilates. These exercises, like the use of stairlifts, can help keep joints and muscles supple and prevent stiffness. There are many good books and DVDs demonstrating the various moves and techniques involved.

 

There is a range of fitness equipment for the home if getting out and about is difficult and treadmills, exercise bicycles and even simple stretching bands can all be used in the home to keep seniors on the move.

 

Fitness games 

For those looking for a fun way to exercise, why not try some of the clever fitness games and dancing games available on modern consoles? Dance games allow seniors to mirror the moves on the screen and go at their own pace and there are also a range of sports games such as tennis or boxing for the more adventurous.

 

Mental health 

When it comes to exercise, mental exercise is just as important for seniors as exercising the body and there are a lot of ways to keep the mind exercised such as reading, Sudoku puzzles, crosswords and memory games. Sometimes even a conversation can stimulate the brain and so chatting with a friend can be a useful exercise.

 

There are various software packages and games on handheld consoles that can allow seniors to work hard at their mind exercises so keeping their mind just as supple as their body.

It is hard to get motivated sometimes to exercise both body and mind so even just a little encouragement can help seniors to keep their routine up so popping in to visit them is a good way to boost their day and keep them active in those golden years

 

 

Stannah is recognized around the world as the company that returns independence and a sense of safety to those who need help navigating the stairs of their home – both inside and out. In fact, there are more Stannah stairlifts installed across the globe than any other brand.

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