6 Exercises That Don't Have to Feel Like Exercise


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6 Exercises That Don't Have to Feel Like Exercise

Homecare in Redding, CT

Homecare-in-Redding-CTAssuming that your elderly loved one is still quite mobile, his doctor has probably told him that some exercise would do him good. No one really likes hearing that from their doctor, though, so it's likely that your loved one is having a tough time incorporating more exercise into his day. Here are some exercise activities that aren't really exercise.


We walk all the time, whether it's around our own house or up and down the street. To help your loved one walk a little more, suggest going on walks around the block. You can also try parking a little farther away than you usually would from store entrances. Remember to start gradually, and to check with your loved one's doctor to make sure that walking is okay.


Gardening and yard work is really pretty heavy duty exercise. If your elderly loved one isn't up to doing a lot of yard work, then definitely find home care providers who can help. But he can still help you with maintaining a small container garden, for example. Even standing with you while you both weed or care for the plants is more movement than sitting down, and his stamina can build the more you do things like this.


Swimming is a lot of fun and it doesn't put any strain on joints. It's also easy to do even if your loved one is a beginning swimmer. Even if you start with just floating around the pool for a few afternoons a week, this can count as some solid exercise time.


Dancing burns a lot of calories and it's a social activity. The best part is that your loved one doesn't have to dance for an hour solid to get benefits. Just a few dances spread out over an evening can do a lot of good.


If your loved one is still intent on maintaining his own household, then he likely already does a bit of cleaning. Done energetically, though, cleaning can be a form of exercise. If he's up for it, make a game of it where you race each other or turn on music to make the cleaning both more fun and more likely to burn some calories.

Playing Video Games

Almost every video game console has games now that help you to get up and move. The best part is that these games also have settings for different fitness levels. As you and your loved one play along, even at the lower levels, you're getting some exercise.

There are lots of ways to help your loved one add a little more exercise to his day. Sometimes you just have to be a little creative about it.

If you or an aging loved one are considering homecare in Redding, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544. 

Jim Crossett, Owner, SYNERGY HomeCare Danbury
Jim Crossett, Owner, SYNERGY HomeCare Danbury

Our entire staff at SYNERGY HomeCare wishes to extend our warmest welcome to you and your family as you search for the best home care services for your loved one in need.

I am Jim Crossett, president of SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, Connecticut. From our conveniently located office, we serve the residents of Fairfield County including the areas of Danbury, Ridgefield, Redding, New Milford and Southbury.

As you begin your selection process for the perfect living assistance for you senior family member, you are joining the ranks of many concerned children searching for non-medical in-home help. The Danbury area is home to many senior citizens and their families who are looking for a method of care that allows them to stay in the comfort of their residence. Your elderly loved one means a great deal to you and you will not be satisfied with anything but the best for them. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we go beyond your expectations and exceed the high standards you have set for their proper care.

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