Home Care in Southport, CT
Exercising doesn't have to be a huge, involved process for your elderly loved one. It could be that all she needs to do is to add a little more movement into every day. Here are some easy ways for her to do just that. As always, consult with your senior loved one's physician to decide what exercises are right for them.
Add Extra Steps When Possible
Even a few extra steps each day make a big difference when it comes to exercise. Keep it simple by suggest your loved one do things like going out to the mailbox to collect the mail, then making another round trip. She's doubled her steps, but it didn't take a lot of extra time and she didn't have to do anything special.
Use Commercials to Exercise
Exercising in a big block of time can be boring and frustrating for some people. If this is the case for your loved one, try suggesting exercise breaks during commercials. Try walking in place, lifting light weights, or any other activity that your loved one enjoys, as long as she's up and moving throughout the entire commercial break. Then, when the show comes back on, get comfortable until the next break.
Stretch While Waiting for Something
We all spend more time than we think waiting for different appliances to finish doing something during the day. While your loved one is waiting for coffee to brew, for example, that's a perfect time to do a few gentle stretches or toe touches. Maybe when she is waiting for the washer to finish that last couple of minutes in the spin cycle, she walks in place for a bit. That time then becomes more productive and she's gotten some exercise in.
Do Regular Activities Faster
This can be fun and even competitive, if you're all up for it. Enlist the help of senior care providers to set up impromptu competitions. Choose activities where your loved one does normal activities, such as vacuuming the kitchen floor, as fast as possible. You could also try dusting separate rooms and racing each other. This kind of race can be lots of fun and your loved one won't feel like it's exercise.
Use a Pedometer
Pedometers are a great way for your loved one to track her steps and to keep up with her progress. Each day as she checks her total steps for the day, she can try to shoot for a few more steps the next day and the day after that. You can even challenge each other to hit specific goals.
Becoming more active doesn't mean that your loved one needs to join a gym or do anything complicated.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Southport, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at 203-923-8866.