Help Your Senior Family Member Stay Active with Low Impact Workouts


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By Brent Bechard

Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Brampton

Home Instead Caregiver walking outdoors with a elder clientSeniors under your care need not just emotional support for their well-being but also help in regular physical activity for a healthy, enjoyable life. The long-term benefits of daily workouts are numerous. It does not take an overwhelming amount of exercise to keep healthy. In fact, low-impact workouts can do wonders for anyone, especially seniors.

What is low-impact exercise? Basically, it is any workout that allows you to keep at least one foot on the ground at all times. This is hugely beneficial for those with limited mobility or who suffer from chronic pain. The intensity level is enough to elevate the heart rate just like a high-impact routine does. However, it is just easier on the body. For safe, enjoyable workout sessions, our professional caregivers can aid you or your elderly loved on a daily basis.

Care for your Seniors with these Low-Impact Workouts

As with any exercise program, be sure to consult a physician to ensure you or your loved one are fit to begin and get maximum benefit. Here are a few favourites to get started:

  • Walking: Go ahead and lace up those comfortable tennis shoes and head down a smooth walking path together. Walking is easier on the joints than running. Aim for a brisk pace for approximately 15-20 minutes to see the best results.
  • Swimming: To remove all stress on the joints, take up swimming, water aerobics, or walking on underwater treadmills. Work on strengthening shoulders and increased lung capacity when you put on that swimming cap and head to the pool.
  • Yoga: Ready to improve flexibility and coordination? Yoga can do all that and strengthen core muscles, improve the mood, focus, and overall mental and physical health.
  • Pilates: Using slow, concise movements, Pilates improves posture, flexibility, and well-being.
  • Cycling: Not only will the cardiovascular system benefit, but so will the joints and other muscle groups. Even if the senior is an experienced cyclist he/she must wear the safety gear. If the senior is not an expert cyclist he may use a stationary bike.
  • Weight Training: This is not about bulking up and growing 6 pack abs at this stage! Working out with w weight dumbbells at home is sufficient to build muscles and enhance balance.
  • Leg Raise: It is easy to stand behind the dining room chair to do leg raises. Hold onto the chair while the senior under your care moves a leg out to the side and back. A few variations can strengthen the lower back and thigh muscles.
  • Dancing: The constant movement in dance classes aids circulation and flexibility. Dancing also helps in socializing and connecting with others.

Enjoy a better range of motion and increased mental awareness when you add low-impact exercise to your elder’s daily routine. With the right guidance, swimming, dancing, and Pilates can work wonders. At Home Instead Senior Care Brampton, our CAREGivers serve you and your loved ones with compassionate and personalized home care. We provide support with daily activities, routine exercise and nutrition tips.

Call us at (905) 463-0860 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care we deliver each day to families in the Brampton area.

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