The start of a new year is a great time to re-evaluate habits and routines, and to make a commitment to healthy lifestyle changes that can benefit overall health and wellness. One of the most beneficial changes older adults can make is to incorporate physical activity into their day-to-day routine. Exercise benefits older adults physically and mentally and helps seniors remain independent throughout the aging process.
According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, it is recommended that older adults get a minimum of 150 minutes, or 2.5 hour per week, of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise. For maximum benefit, combining aerobic activity with a variety of exercise types such as muscle strengthening and balance activities also helps reduce the potential for falls in older adults.
Before Beginning: Questions to Ask the Doctor
Prior to beginning an exercise program, or adding exercise to the daily routine, it’s important for the older adult to speak with his or her physician to help determine the types of exercises that will be most beneficial. These questions can help guide the conversation with the doctor:
Start Slow to Achieve Success
The best way to make exercise a part of a weekly routine is to start slow and to set reasonable goals based upon current fitness levels. If an older adult has been relatively sedentary recently, making a commitment to walking to the mailbox each day is a great place to begin. Starting slow reduces the risk of injury and helps set a foundation for success. Additionally, try these tips:
At Visiting Care Giving Services, our dedicated and professional Chesterfield caregiving team is here to partner with older adults to help them remain active and healthy. From providing encouragement to participate in physician-approved exercise to helping to plan and prepare nourishing meals to ensure physical strength, and offering friendly companionship along the way, our team can help an older adult you love achieve health and fitness goals.