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4 Ways to Make Exercise Fun for Seniors

Okay, okay, okay. Every senior has heard (again and again and again) that they have to exercise. The experts suggest 150 minutes a week. Aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening activity are what is traditionally suggested for all adults. But the idea of going to the gym and working on machines and the treadmill doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun – it sounds like a lot of work and effort.

But guess what, it doesn’t have to be drudgery for older people to get the exercise. In fact, it can be – wait for it – fun! Turn an interest or favorite activity into the exercise you need to get!

For instance, gardening can be one of the activities in life that qualify for the exercise you or your aging loved ones need. Digging, planting, bending, weeding, and carrying soil are activities that can be either aerobic or muscle-strengthening. And for people who enjoy the outdoors and growing flowers and vegetables, it can be fun.

Gardening is great – most of the time. But if you live in an area where winter is a time of snow and ice, you have to find something else to fill the exercise gap in those months. But it’s still possible to turn an enjoyable activity into your exercise routine.

Here are three options:

  1. Consider volunteering in a food pantry where you will have to stock shelves and help distribute food.
  2. Establish a Wii meeting. A weekly gathering of friends to compete in the sports is just as healthy (and probably safer!) than hitting the field.
  3. Upcycling and refurbishing furnishings. Moving furniture around in the garage and then sanding and painting are all activities that keep muscles moving and strong.

The idea is to stay active on a regular basis. Keeping the activities in and around the house reduces the time committed to exercise and gives you something you can be proud of – in addition to a strong body and healthy aura.

Keeping In Touch Solutions clients have told us that our daily call is an important part of staying busy with all the activities they love. There is a fear that something could happen to them and no one would know. The daily call they get from our Care Callers give them the confidence to pursue their interests and push themselves without that fear.

We also know that by filling time with interests and hobbies and other people who enjoy them, too, aging loved ones are happier – and healthier.

A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.

Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.

diana beam

I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.

For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.

 

 

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