Regular exercise is just as important for senior citizens as it is for younger adults. Inactivity can increase the risk of conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. Exercise helps reduce this risk and also promotes independence and comfort. Here are some simple exercises your elderly loved ones can do at home:
- Taking a Walk
Walking is a great low-intensity exercise that can help promote cardiovascular health that is easier on the joints. It also encourages seniors to spend some time outdoors, which also helps improve mental health. Our Caregivers offer home care services to accompany your loved ones on their walks to ensure safety and security.
- Chair Squats
Squats are a wonderful full-body exercise that strengthens the legs, abdominals, and back, but full squats can be hard for seniors. They can substitute full squats with chair squats, where they squat into a chair to lessen the load on their knees and help them maintain balance.
- Static Stretching Exercises
Stretching exercises can help improve flexibility and mobility. It can also improve physical performance and reduce the risk of injuries. Static stretching activities seniors can do at home include side bends, toe reaches, front bends, and the clock reaches.
At Golden Years Home Care LLC, we can also help seniors with regular exercise with our personal care in Illinois to help reduce the risk of injuries.