Exercising can be a huge component of your elderly family member's overall healthy living plan. Her doctor can help her to determine how much exercise is right for her and you and she can focus on finding activities she enjoys.
Stick with What She Loves
If your senior tries to pick something she hates doing, like aerobics, she's not going to want to do it. But if she enjoys dancing or being outdoors, those are activities that are going to feel more fun for her and less like work. Get creative about what she likes and how you can use that to increase her overall activity level. It might help to try new things once in a while, too. She might just find something new that she loves doing.
Multitask a Bit
Multitasking is usually something you want to avoid, specifically because it's distracting. But that distraction can play to your senior's advantage when it comes to getting some more exercise. If you can combine movement with something else that she enjoys, then the fact that she's exercising can take a bit of a back seat. Walking on a treadmill or using a stationary bike while watching television is a prime example of this.
Ramp up Daily Activities
In the very beginning of this project, you and your senior don't even have to have an activity in mind just yet. Ramp up existing activity first. When she's walking to the mailbox, for instance, she might opt to walk a little bit faster or she might walk the path twice instead of just once. Little bits of extra activity really can add up.
Make it a Social Event
Exercise is so much easier, especially for an aging family member, when it's a more social event. If she's not already very socially active, though, that can be difficult. Home care providers make great companions for a walk, but they could also be instrumental in helping your senior to get to exercise classes. This might be most important if your senior no longer drives or is a little afraid of driving.
Tracking your senior's activity can help you to get a bead on what she's doing right now and how to gradually add some more movement. Activity trackers can help her to gather all sorts of information from how she's sleeping to her activity levels and heart rate. Plus they can be fun to wear.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering homecare in Greenwood Village, CO, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today. Call us at (303) 756-9322.