Seniors are reluctant to exercise for a variety of reasons, but some of the most common include fear of injury, physical ailments, and lack of knowledge. At Naples Home Care Assistance, we know exercise is an important component in healthy aging, and wanted to share a few ways families can help their loved one overcome the common barriers to senior exercise and provide motivation for keeping up with regular physical fitness routines.
- Schedule a Doctor Appointment – Because seniors are often worried that exercise will worsen pre-existing conditions, it may help to schedule an appointment with your loved one’s primary care physician to get advice about exercising. When a medical professional explains that the right exercises can be safe and beneficial, your loved one may be more motivated to engage in an active lifestyle.
- Provide Supervision – As mentioned above, seniors often shy away from physical activity because they’re afraid they’ll hurt themselves. Sometimes a senior simply needs a bit of assistance or supervision. Offer to help your loved one as he or she begins a new fitness regimen or see if a professional caregiver can offer assistance and monitoring through services like Naples part-time home care.
- Make Exercise Fun – Seniors may simply shy away from exercise because it seems like a boring activity. To boost your loved one’s interest in exercise, create an exercise plan that includes the things that he or she likes to do. Remember, exercise doesn’t have to take place at a gym or fitness center. Exercise can take the form of gardening, hiking, *. If your loved one does try a physical fitness routine, spice up the activity by providing fun, colorful workout clothes and play uplifting music to lighten the mood.
- Change Up the Routine – Changing up your loved one’s exercise routine can add excitement when things become too repetitive. Have your senior loved one exercise outdoors to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. You may also consider group fitness classes. Many community and senior centers offer group classes designed specifically for older adults that allow your loved one to get their dose of regular physical activity while also presenting the opportunity to make new social connections with others who share an interest in staying active.
- Partner Up – Exercise is always more fun with a companion and seniors are often more motivated to keep with a regular exercise plan when someone else is involved. Consider joining your loved one for a weekly walk so he or she has something to look forward to, or hire a professional caregiver who can partner-up with your loved one if you are unable to meet with your loved one on a regular basis.
Interested in learning more about helping a senior exercise in the golden years? Call (239) 9449-4701 to speak with one of the Naples live-in home care experts from Home Care Assistance and schedule a free, in-home consultation for more information.