When you and your senior start to talk about establishing an exercise program for her, she may not know what she can do. Start with some of these ideas and brainstorm from there.
One of the easiest exercises for your senior to get started with is to go walking. Assuming that your aging adult is easily able to be mobile, walking is perfect for her. Your senior doesn’t even need any special equipment. Shoes that fit well may be all she needs.
Fitness classes, either at a gym or at the local senior center, are a great way for your aging adult to meet new people and to get active. She can try a variety of different exercises and have a lot of fun while doing so. Also, if she’s bored with a certain type of exercise or doesn’t like it, she can always try something else.
If your elderly family member has trouble with mobility or painful joints, exercises in water are something she might want to explore. Water aerobics or even simply swimming laps is excellent cardio and it’s extremely low impact on her joints.
Lifting weights might sound like an impossible activity for your aging adult, but it’s more than using big machines to lift massive amounts of weights. For your aging adult, it might be as simple as using a set of resistance bands to keep her muscles as strong as possible. Weight lifting can also help her to improve her bone density.
When it comes to both balance and flexibility, you really can’t go wrong with yoga. Your aging adult can use modified yoga poses to meet her where she is in terms of flexibility and balance. As she gains strength and does yoga more often, she may be able to do poses that she never thought she could do.
One way that your senior can ensure that the workouts she’s doing are tailored for her is to use the services of a personal trainer. There are a wide range of trainers who work specifically with older clients, so that’s certainly an option. Some gyms offer personal training as part of the membership, too.
It’s a good idea for your elderly family member to exercise with other people whenever she can. If she doesn’t have friends she can exercise with, consider hiring senior care providers who can be there when she’s planning to exercise.
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