Smile Senior Care believes that exercise an important step to health and longevity. Studies have pointed to exercise as a great combatant to ailments, such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Rheumatoid Arthritis and many others that you may experience in your senior years. No matter what your fitness level, it is never too late for our elderly to begin an exercise program.While a fitness gym can offer lots of different equipment to work out, it is not necessary. You can work out in the comfort of your own home and even work out with your home care aide.
Before you start any exercise program, please consult with your physician first to discuss your limitations, if any. The main goal is to be safe at all times. Enthusiasm is wonderful but safety is key to maintaining a healthy body and to prevent further injuries that may contribute to future problems. Remember, if at any time during your workout you begin to feel dizzy, hot or cold or experience great discomfort, stop immediately and contact your doctor.
Proper nutrition is essential to your exercise routine. You need fuel to burn while you get fit. Eating a light snack before and after your workout will keep your body running smoothly. Consider fresh fruits and vegetables or a grain dish for carbohydrates. Another key element to proper exercise is to stay hydrated. During your workout, keep a water bottle close by. Make sure that you are properly hydrated before you begin your workout.
If you are a beginner, any type of resistance will do. One exercise you can do with your home care aide is to sit facing her and lay your arms in your lap, palms facing up. Your partner will then place her hands around your wrists. Curl your arms up, bending at the elbow. Your partner can provide light resistance for you. Take it easy at first. Complete a set of 8 and rest. If it was too easy, ask her to apply a little more pressure. This should be just enough resistance to make you work to pull your forearms up but it should not be a struggle. In the following weeks when you have progressed with this exercise, you can graduate to elastic bands for resistance or even light dumbbells. You will want to do 4 sets of 8 before moving on to your next exercise.
Next, you will put your arms straight out in front of you with your palms facing down. Your home care aide can grab your wrists again. Remember to work out with her the amount of pressure needed to challenge you. Without bending your arms, bring your palms to your knees, then raise them back up again, completing 8 full motions. Rest and then continue with the rest of your sets, resting in-between each set.
Walking Your Way to Fitness
Walking is one of the safest and best exercises for your legs. Take a stroll in the neighborhood with your aide, pushing yourself slightly but maintaining a level at which you can comfortably speak. Bring a stopwatch to time your walks each day. You will begin to notice that you can cover more ground the longer you stick with your routine. Again, remember your water bottle and dress comfortably. Bring a light jacket if it is cool.
These are just some of the ways you can start your fitness journey without having to pay for a gym membership. Dancing lessons and water aerobics at your local community center can also be fun ways to get fit. Explore your options and get healthier!