The benefits of exercise and staying active are largely known and scientifically proven. However, people tend to shy away from working out as they get older, although interestingly enough, seniors can benefit from working out as much as younger people, if not more. Indeed, exercise can benefit seniors in many ways. It can promote mobility, flexibility and strength. It can improve the overall quality of life by enhancing moods and promoting healthy sleep. Working out also aids in maintaining a healthy weight, which can be tricky when we age as our metabolism tends to slow down. And perhaps most importantly, staying active can manage and even reduce the impact and chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure or diabetes, that are common among the elderly. So if you’d like to start a workout routine and incorporate exercise into your life but you find yourself hesitant or afraid, don’t worry! Home Care Assistance Calgary is here to give you the best tips and advice on how seniors can benefit from working out while staying healthy and safe:
At Home Care Assistance Calgary, we have high caliber caregivers assist with your exercise routine. To get more information on our services, contact Home Care Assistance Calgary at 403-907-0861.
Ask your doctor firstWorking out is a great way to improve a senior’s health, however, working out without medical clearance can be more dangerous than helpful. Indeed, before starting a workout program, it’s important to get your doctor’s okay. Therefore a medical exam is necessary to determine if the person has any contra-indications to exercise or any specific measures that need to be taken.
Know your workoutsWorking out is good. Knowing the different kinds of exercise there is and their respective benefits is even better. So make sure to include strength, flexibility, cardiovascular and balance exercises for a diverse scope of health benefits.
Balance exerciseBalancing exercises are important in order to reinforce the muscles, nerve fibers and receptors responsible for keeping us steady. Doing balance exercises can help minimize falls and give you a strong-enough-system to bounce back and find your balance if you trip. Balance exercises are essential in the prevention of femur neck fractures which are so common in the elderly that they constitute a major international health concern.
FlexibilityAs we age, our joints tend to deteriorate and lose range of motion. They become painful and dry. However, the frequent solicitation of the joints through flexibility exercises ensures that the joints stay healthy, well-lubricated and that the range of motion remains wide. Our Home Care Assistance caregivers are experienced with range of motion exercises, we are here to help.
Cardiovascular exerciseCardiovascular exercise is necessary to keep the heart and vascular system healthy. Gentle Cardiovascular exercise is very important to manage existing cardiovascular risk factors (obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc.) as it helps to prevent the development of any serious heart diseases and can even help manage any cardiovascular conditions that have already developed.
StrengthMany seniors don’t even think about doing strength and endurance workouts, but they are very good at preventing bone and muscle mass loss, which are very common as we get older. Strength workouts also help tone the body, and by increasing muscle mass they can also increase a person’s metabolism (the rate at which the chemical reactions in the body are conducted), which usually slows down as we age.