Your mom and dad need to be more active. They don't like the idea of walking the same block every day. They don't want to use the same exercise equipment each day. They want an activity that's good year-round. Have you looked into tennis?
Tennis is a Social Sport
Tennis players play against another person or pair. It's a very social sport, which makes it a great sport for seniors who do not have a close circle of friends nearby. Many tennis clubs have classes and can pair seniors up who are equally matched in terms of skill.
All ages can play and enjoy tennis. Your parent may not want to play with a stranger. It's a great sport for a grandparent to play with a grandchild. You can play tennis with your mom or dad. Form teams and have family matches.
Tennis Helps With Coordination Skills, Balance, and Flexibility
Key movements in tennis are swinging a racket and aiming the swing to hit the ball. This is a good way to hone eye-hand coordination. Dashing to the ball's area is a good workout for the heart. The sport also helps build muscle and can help with balance.
Tennis Reduces Stress
In addition to the social aspect of tennis, people who play usually laugh and have fun. Laughter helps with stress reduction and can help release endorphins that help you feel happy. It's a good path to avoiding depression.
Tennis is Easy to Learn
Even if your parent has never played tennis before, it's an easy sport to learn. The goal is to hit the ball over the net without going out of bounds. You don't want your opposing player or team to be able to hit the ball back to you.
You can play tennis without keeping score. Just hitting the ball back and forth is enough to get in a full 30 minutes of exercise. As your parent builds skill, the rules of the game and scoring are easily added.
Exercise is a critical part of any senior care program. Your parents need at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week. They must pair this exercise with a healthy diet and socialization. Here's where home care can help.
Home care services can get them to tennis lessons, take them to stores on the way home, and cook their meals. Caregivers also offer companionship on days your mom or dad can't leave the house. Call a home care agency to get answers to your questions and discuss pricing.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Red Lodge, MT, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today at 406-839-2390.