How to Stay in Shape as You Age


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By Brenda Enright

Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Etobicoke

Senior working out with fitness trainer

Tips for Seniors from the Team at Home Instead

Staying in shape is imperative to good health at every age. Of course, moving about as a child was much easier than during your adult years. Keeping active as a senior adult is harder when arthritis wants to step in and set up shop in your joints. You might be tempted to slow down and enjoy your "Golden Years". How much can you enjoy your grandchildren if you have become immobile?

The benefits of staying active and enjoying regular exercise cannot be understated. You may be able to thwart "silent strokes", improve your memory, avoid falls, and manage incontinence. At Home Instead Senior Care Etobicoke, we support elders and their families with home care services, help with meals and nutrition, personal care, and companionship to help you stay active and remain in your home.

6 Senior Healthcare Tips to Stay in Shape

While it’s true that you may not be able to chase a tennis ball with the same lightning speed you could at 25, you can still play sports like Pickleball. Take the appropriate steps to adjust your fitness routine and you will be on top of your game as you continue to age. Use these tips to get started:

  • Be aware of what your body is telling you: You want to feel like you are working a little, but there is no reason to struggle harder than you should. If it becomes tough to do the exercises, consider scaling back.
  • Pay attention to what is around you: Your eyes are not what they used to be; neither is your reaction time or balance. It’s important to recognize these limitations and work within them.
  • Don’t skimp on warm up and cool down exercises: Your body needs to be prepared to work out. Utilize the time to warm up and cool down, so you do not pull muscles or injure yourself.
  • Stay hydrated: Keep water near you while you work out. Drink regularly, even if you do not feel thirsty, especially on hot days.
  • Keep an eye on the weather: As a senior, you are more susceptible to the effects of heat and cold. Be sure to wear the right clothing for the exercises you will be doing and the weather you will be exposed to.
  • Make sure you use the proper equipment: It is not necessary to purchase expensive stuff, but make sure you have the right safety gear, such as a helmet for cycling and comfortable shoes to go for a walk.

Choose the Best Exercises for Your Health

Stay fit by focusing on certain types of exercise groups, such as:

  • Flexibility exercises to keep your joints supple
  • Strengthening exercises to keep your bones strong and less prone to fractures
  • Aerobic exercises to help strengthen your heart and make it easier to walk without getting out of breath
  • Using a chair for balance or to do sitting jumping jacks
  • Finding soup cans from your pantry to use as light weights
  • Using an elastic band to build upper body strength

Stay on a Healthy Track with Expert Senior Homecare Assistance

Remaining healthy and active is the best way to stay in your home for as long as possible. The highly-trained caregivers at Home Instead Senior Care work with elders and their families to maintain a healthy lifestyle in this season of life.

Call us at (416) 239-2200 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care services we deliver each day to families in the Etobicoke area.


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