It’s an unfortunate statistic that over one third of American adults are classified as falling into the obese range. Obesity among both adults and children is continuing to rise. Why is exercise so important? It actually has a lot more to do than just with obesity. The sedentary lifestyle can affect a person’s overall health in a number of ways, all of them negative.
Exercise and hormone levels – hormones are important for regulating a number of processes in the body. For both men and women, this is very important. Aging combined with extra weight and a lifestyle that’s mostly sedentary leads to abnormal hormone levels. Mood, energy level and overall wellness are adversely affected by hormones.
Studies have shown that physical activity maintains a higher quality of life for seniors for a longer period of time. It extends their life as well as the healthiness of their life. So why not get up and get walking?
Unfortunately, most seniors who live on their own are less likely to participate in physical activity on a regular basis. This could be due to a number of factors – exercising alone isn’t very much fun for most people, they might not be able to drive to an exercise facility, they might need help getting out of the house, they simply might not know they still need to be exercising at their age.
An in home care provider can help your loved one get the daily exercise they need to stay fit and well at their age. The care provider can drive your loved one to a swimming pool to do water exercises or accompany her to a seniors exercise class held in the community. The caregiver can also go on a daily walk with your loved one.
Having home care services is especially helpful for elderly loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, because they can’t go outside alone to participate in exercise and get some fresh air just in case they lose their way or forget where they are. Having someone to accompany them and look after them ensures they still get the exercise but they are kept safe at all times.
Sometimes mobility difficulties may interfere in exercising, but there’s no reason why they should prevent it. Even a person who is wheelchair bound can participate in regular exercise programs to the extent they are able. This would include special yoga which is geared for those in wheelchairs or who must use walkers. Exercise is healthy no matter how you look at it.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of home care services in The Heights, TX contact the caregivers at At Your Side Home Care. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (832) 271-1600 for more information.
Our Certified Nurse Aides, 24-Hour Live-in Assistants and Home Health Aides are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also provide the security and confidence of 24-hour Telephone Assistance, so fast, reliable help is always available when it's needed. To learn more about our homecare services see our homecare services page.
Different people need different levels of homecare. To meet the requirements of our clients, At Your Side Homecare maintains consistent staffing levels of caring professionals. Homecare service is available for as little as a few hours a week, or as many as 24 hours a day, seven days a week
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