Staying in shape for seniors should be fun
Our caregivers work everywhere in the country with individuals who range in levels of mobility and health. According to these elderly individuals, beginning a healthy lifestyle is the easy part most of the time. Based on experience, the exercise plans start out great but decrease in rigor as the routine goes on.
There are some explanations for this. Many times, the initial goals set are very ambitious and later the working out becomes too redundant.
Also at times, we do not correctly estimate the time needed for the task of fitness or at other instances important matters get in the way of our advancement. What we hear more commonly to be the reason is outright boredom.
It is simply not fun
This can be the reason why older individuals are always looking into other fitness plans. Make sure to begin with a fun exercise routine. If your elderly loved one enjoys working on his or her garden, use that activity as an advantage – even after the garden is complete – by becoming part of a gardening club or becoming a volunteer at a community center.
The exercising will be less a chore if the activity is fun
The activity itself does not have to be what makes it fun. Jogging or water aerobics are some a few examples of working out while having the opportunity to socialize. Some say that you are going too fast on a workout if you can’t carry a conversation.
Let’s be honest, we all can benefit from a bit more exercise. Doing these activities together will motivate your elderly loved ones to stay healthy while strengthening your relationship.
Other ideas that have come up are mini gold, shopping, and playing on the lawn. Our classic favorite example will have to be simply playing with the grandchildren. If the grandchildlren are not around, there are schools or daycare centers, which respond favorably to positive role models for the children.
What are some of your ideas for fun ways to keep your seniors active minus the chore of a workout plan? Join the discussion on Facebook.