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We encourage older adults who do not have any physical condition to engage in physical activities for them to maintain optimal health and wellness. Physical activities can help improve their durability, flexibility and balance. Such activities can also lessen their risk for heart diseases, diabetes and other illnesses.
Aside from this, an active lifestyle can also help older adults improve their emotional and mental health. It is better if physical activities are fun and interactive!
In this blog, we are going to tackle the types of exercise that are recommended for seniors. Before we start, we advise you to talk to your loved one’s doctor and seek for their approval before you try any activity listed here. The following are three exercises recommended for your loved ones to try at home, at a park or at a collective activity center:
– Walking is easy and can be done without any help. If you can do brisk walking, it is better for your endurance. You can walk at least 15-30 minutes a day. Just make sure to wear comfortable shoes and try to bring water to keep you hydrated.
– Flexibility is important in an exercise program. Stretching is one of the easiest way to increase your flexibility. We suggest that you focus on arm and chest muscles. Start your stretching by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms at your sides, then bring both arms behind your back and grasp hands. With your shoulders pulled back, hold the move for about 30 seconds, release, and repeat.
– Swimming is said to help older adults build endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness. It can improve your breathing and is very relaxing, too! It is better if swimming is done with other companions to add fun and interaction.
Always remember that physical activities benefit much more than just the body. Such activities can also help your loved ones live happier and stress-free.
What program do you plan on making for your loved one today?