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The Importance of Regular Exercise for Seniors

senior mobilityAs we grow older it often becomes more challenging to maintain an active lifestyle, but it becomes even more crucial that we do so. Regular exercise helps us keep in shape, boosts our mood and energy levels, and may even prolong our life. Studies show that exercise may improve mental alertness and memory, as well as lower a person’s risk for heart disease, certain cancers, and other serious health conditions. Exercising doesn’t have to be hard, so don’t worry if you think it’s beyond your capabilities. Anyone can maintain a regular exercise routine and reap the benefits.

Why Start Now?

It’s never too late to start exercising. Even if you’ve led a sedentary lifestyle until now, you can still make subtle changes to become more active. Once you’ve developed more stamina you’ll have more energy to try different activities. Your progress can be monitored using a home care system or home care software like ClearCare Online. Remember, check with your doctor before you start any new exercise routine.

Creating an Exercise Program

While you may feel discouraged by your lack of energy or limited mobility, don’t let this stop you. Even seniors with serious health conditions or chronic pain can find ways to increase their activity levels. If you have specific concerns regarding exercise and your health, be sure to communicate them to your caregiver. She can make notes in her home care software or home care system, as well as relay important messages to other care team members.

Here are a few other tips for safely starting an exercise program:

Keep health concerns in mind. Consider your current health conditions and how they might be affected. For example, a diabetic will need to adjust the timing of his medications and meals when creating an exercise schedule. Remember to use ClearCare Online’s reliable home care system for setting up schedules and mealtimes.

Start slow. This is especially important if you haven’t been active for a while. Build your stamina and endurance little by little.

Recognize your limitations. Exercise should never exhaust you or cause pain. If you feel short of breath, dizzy, or begin to hurt, stop immediately. Caregivers should be sure to report any concerns using their home care software. ClearCare Online’s home care system is designed to facilitate good communication so that small concerns do not escalate to major problems.

Not all exercises are appropriate for the elderly, but there are many that are ideal. Such exercises may include:

  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Low impact aerobics
  • Water aerobics
  • Yoga
  • Dancing

Check your local YMCA or fitness centers to see what senior classes are available. Caregivers can use their home care software to set daily reminders for when each class takes place.

Seniors, you’ve worked hard your entire lives so that you can enjoy your golden years. Don’t risk shortening this precious time. A regular exercise routine, along with good nutrition, may help you live longer and enjoy life to the fullest. ClearCare Online’s home care system and home care software will be there every step of the way.

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