Seniors Need to Stand Up and Walk – No More Sitting All Day!
As people start to age, there are many things to consider with regard to mental and physical health. It’s important to keep in mind that seniors should stay active and maintain a healthy diet to have a healthier life.
Benefits of physical activity
Being physically active doesn’t necessarily mean they have to do high impact aerobics or run; it could be something as simple as taking a walk. By walking regularly, the senior will strengthen his or her muscles, thus reducing the risk of falls and injuries. Walking also helps with coordination, which aids in the performance of day-to-day tasks such as showering, getting dressed, and even getting out of bed. In addition to walking, there are other physical activities that can be extremely beneficial for seniors, including yoga, tai chi, and water aerobics.
The benefits of walking and other physical activities are numerous, and include:
- Reducing the risk of premature death
- Reducing the risk of developing high blood pressure, or in elders who already have high blood pressure, reducing blood pressure
- Reducing the risk of heart disease
- Reducing the risk of developing some cancers
- Reducing the risk of developing diabetes
- Reducing the risk of developing hypertension
- Increasing muscle and bone strength
- Controlling weight
- Lowering cholesterol
There are many different places that provide activities that cater to seniors, such as community/senior centers, gyms or shopping malls. Some shopping malls actually have organized walking clubs for seniors where they meet at a set location on a specific day and time to walk the mall as a group. When it comes to getting the right amount of physical activity, a senior care provider can help your loved ones find the right routine – one that gives them a good workout without exerting themselves. As always, check with the doctor before beginning any exercise regimen.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in the New Haven Area, please call and speak to the caring staff at Talem Home Care. Call today at (203) 590-9099.