Homecare in Redding, CT
Assuming 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.