Let’s Get Moving and Feel Better
More and more seniors are finding the benefits of exercise and there is no age limit to moving and having physical activities. Sedentary lifestyle will take a toll for any age group…not just seniors. But breaking away from our normal lifestyle of sitting in front of a TV or just sitting around can be challenging for anyone who has not been active.
Regular exercise and movement have proven to improve our health. However, if we have not been engaging in exercise programs for years, it is best to take precaution when starting a new program.
There are many benefits to having movement and physical activities. It lowers the risk of heart diseases, reduces weight and improves moods and helps fight depression. According to American Heart Association, researchers found that 2 ½ hours of moderate intensity physical activity per week can lower the overall risk of heart disease by 14 percent.
Here are 3 programs that your aging parents and grandparents can start immediately:
Walking: Startwalkingnow.org was started by the American Heart Association to raise awareness of the importance of movement. They have a community of walkers for you to connect with to help with motivation, support, sharing goals and ideas. It is open to any age group and is a great way for your aging parents, your children and siblings to stay connected with an exercise program.
Before starting a program, check with your doctor, start slow and work out the pace as you go along. The most important thing is to stay consistent and enjoy the process. This will help your aging loved ones get out of their homes and enjoy the great outdoors.
Yoga, Dancing and Stretching: All these activities have beginner programs for seniors who are starting out in their programs. These programs offer varieties and require different set of movements and stretches.
According to Mayo Clinic, yoga teaches the art of breathing, meditation and posing are offered and helps in reducing stress, management of chronic health conditions, weight loss and increased fitness. They are now being offered in hospitals, clinics, health clubs some YMCA branches throughout the nation.
There are many types of dances that seniors can engage in. Dancing is often tied to social activities and music and it does bring health benefits like better sense of well-being amongst seniors, increased fitness and movement and having more flexibility. Usually, dancing requires participants to dress up for the occasion and is conducted in a social setting. Your aging loved ones can have time for movement, socializing and time to take care of their physical appearance (like dressing up for the occasion).
Swimming and Aqua activities: Some seniors may prefer water activities. Most YMCAs have an aquatic exercise that caters to seniors that have limited mobility or have disabilities.
As the weather gets colder and the holiday season is coming…are you thinking of ways to help your aging parents stay healthy and create healthy habits? Are you ready to help them start with a program to help them gear towards the holiday season?
Let us know how we can help. For more information about activities, programs and assistance for your aging parents and grandparents please go to www.keepingintouchsolutions.com send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diana Beam is an entrepreneur with a vision and a heart for the elderly. She has more than 30 years of experience as a teacher, long term care administrator, home health care pioneer, senior real estate specialist and owner of Keeping in Touch Solutions. Her passion is to see working women and men with elderly parents set free from guilt of not having time or proximity to their aging parents and helping the elderly with their aging needs and transition challenges. Diana lives in Indiana with her husband Ron and they have 3 grown children, 2 grandsons and a golden retriever named Hope and a calico cat named Ms Dottie. Grab her free report, 7 ways to provide maximum support to your parents, today. If you’d like to learn more about Diana and how she helps elderly clients through Keeping in Touch Solutions, check out her website at www.