Tips To Stay Fit For Seniors

April 10, 2012 · Posted in Fitness 

When it comes to senior health, staying fit and mobile plays a huge role. Aging can sometimes make it hard to maintain fitness levels. We don’t want our bodies to become immobile even if they change. Below are some helpful tips to stay fit in your senior years.

Don’t stop doing your daily living tasks. If you want to give your arms a mini-workout, take a bath (even if it’s just a sponge bath). For proper joint health, try bending and keeping flexible.

Walking, bending to reach pots and pans, and peeling vegetables are some movements that you do when you cook. As for grocery shopping, don’t fret if you can’t do them all by yourself. Cooking at home will still allow you more chance for movement.

Specific exercises should also be considered.

When you golf, it’s fun and it gives you the chance to do some walking, bending, and maintain your flexibility. You can play miniature golf with your grandkids because it also allows some of these tasks.

Perhaps it’s not possible for you to get out to a golf course right now. How about getting one of those mini-putting greens so you can play indoors. They can also be helpful in trying to improve your ability to move more freely.

Doing some flexibility exercises several times a day is important. Even stretching your legs while you’re sitting in the recliner can be helpful for you. Count to 10 while you’re stretching your arms over your head and try holding them there, or you can do 5 or 6 mini leg lifts. Your ability to move freely and with less pain can be increased even with simple movements.

Certain exercises may also be suggested by your doctor. To help you work on improving your fitness, you may be asked to visit a physical therapist. To make staying fitter more enjoyable, your therapist can come up with fun ideas for you like playing simple games with your grandkids. Your exercises will be more enjoyable because you have your children around.

Your chances of living a more independent life can be increased if stay mobile as much as possible.

Join HRU for triage classes. An HRU seminar is a great educational investment for your nursing staff.

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