Safe Exercise Routines for Seniors

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Posted: 5/4/2018 9:25 AM by Interim HealthCare
For seniors, beating stress means getting enough rest, eating right, and moving their bodies more. Whether you're a caregiver or a senior, it's important to educate yourself about easy physical activities that help anyone stay in motion. Always check with a doctor before beginning any new exercise plan or routine. Interim HealthCare of Freeport, Pennsylvania, can help seniors get started with a plan that's easy to stick with for a long time. Here are a few tips for success:

Keep Your Plan Simple

You don’t need an elaborate exercise plan to get moving and feeling great. Walking around your neighborhood, following videos in your own living room, or joining a fun dance program like Zumba will keep you active. It’s easier than you think!

Challenge Yourself

Challenge yourself within the realm of your physical capabilities. This is a safe way to get in a great work out while avoiding any injuries. While you’re exercising, one of the most important things to pay attention to is your heart rate. Increase your heart rate with jumping jacks or brisk walking, and remember to take breaks when your body feels it needs to. Stay within the limits your doctor recommends, of course, but you need to feel the burn a little bit.

Have a Goal in Mind 

There’s a reason that you're working out! You may want to lose a few pounds, tone your muscles, or simply live a healthier lifestyle. Whatever your reason is, being active will help you stay motivated to reach your goals. You can hold yourself accountable by keeping a journal about your health goals, or using sticky notes to remind yourself to exercise. If you decide to change your exercise routine, make sure you speak with your doctor to get approval.

Exercise without Worry

As you start to make exercise a more common part of your daily life, you may find that you want to be able to commit to exercise without worrying that your loved one might need something while you're otherwise occupied. This is a perfect opportunity to bring in senior care providers throughout the week who can help your loved one and give you peace of mind while you're away. If you or someone you love is in need of respite care please contact Interim HealthCare of Freeport, PA, today! 
 

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