At Columbus Home Care Assistance, we know there are countless benefits to regular exercise from reducing the risk for advanced conditions such as heart disease, to minimizing pain associated with chronic arthritis. However, it is important that seniors perform the right type of exercises in order to maximize benefits and enjoyment. If you or an aging loved one are thinking about starting 2014 off with a new exercise plan, here are a few questions to ask yourself to help create a safe exercise program.
- What do you want to accomplish?
There’s a difference between training for a marathon and staying active to keep stiffness out of your joints. If you want to improve bone health and maintain a healthy physique, then brisk walking will generally suffice as a warm-up before moving on to a more difficult exercise such as resistance training. When you know what you’re working towards, customizing the workout plan becomes much easier.
- What’s your schedule like?
Make the most out of any fitness routine by considering your own schedule. If you don’t have time or transportation to spend an hour a day at the local gym, then look for exercises you can do right at home. The point of your exercise program is to help you reduce stress levels, so you want a plan that fits your lifestyle. Need help with exercises at home? Consider an hourly home caregiver who can ensure your safety and help you keep track of your progress.
- What do you enjoy doing?
The great thing about workout programs is that there’s something for everybody. If you love to swim, seek out a gym or local community center that has a pool to enjoy a low impact activity that exercises the whole body. Many centers also offer classes such as water aerobics, some which may even be tailored to seniors! Other activities include cycling, golf, yoga, tai chi, and gardening. When you design a program around what you enjoy, you’re more likely to stick with it on a daily basis.
Seniors that engage in an exercise program enjoy heart, muscle and joint benefits, and can work toward enhancing circulation, balance and strength. For safety, it is always best to consult with your doctor prior to beginning any exercise routine. They’ll be able to help you determine which exercises are appropriate for your needs and abilities, creating an appropriate training program that will assist you in reaching your goals.
For other information about senior fitness and safety, reach out to a Care Manager at Home Care Assistance today. As the Columbus live-in care specialists, we are more than happy to provide advice and assistance with daily fitness routines! Call 614-481-8888 to schedule your complimentary in-home consultation.