Growing older can cause adults to slow down and cut back on exercise due to aches and pains, fear of falling, weight management issues, and more. However, seniors need to remain active to protect their emotional, mental, and physical health. Here are some tips that could motivate your aging loved one to work out more as he or she ages.
1. Choose Pleasurable Activities
When developing an exercise routine, ask your loved one to help out with the planning. Aging adults are more likely to take up exercises they find enjoyable. Including your parent in the process also prevents you from creating a workout that’s too difficult to complete.
2. Explain the Benefits
Getting your loved one to work out may be as simple as showing the health advantages of each activity. If your loved one knows the chances of living longer and being more independent are higher, he or she may be more inclined to work out a few times each week instead of living a sedentary lifestyle.
3. Provide Transportation
Sometimes seniors avoid exercise because they prefer to go to a gym or join an exercising class but lack transportation. Create a schedule that allows you and your siblings or close friends to drive your loved one to the gym and other places that offer senior-friendly workouts.
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4. Go Slowly
Rushing could cause your loved one to withdraw from physical activities. Allow your loved one to work out at his or her own pace, speeding up and slowing down as often as he or she would like. There may be days your loved one wants to skip exercising, which is fine. As long as your loved one works out a few times each week and practices other good habits, he or she can remain healthy.
5. Customize the Activities
Some exercises are difficult for seniors to do, especially those who are living with an age-related condition like dementia or osteoporosis. To keep your loved one active, customize the activities based on his or her physical and cognitive skills. Customizing an exercise doesn’t take away its benefits.
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6. Join In
Your loved one might be motivated to work out more with a partner. Set aside time to exercise with your parent, ensuring you both receive the exercise necessary to maintain good mental, emotional, and physical health. Research senior-friendly dance or yoga classes in your community, and ask your loved one to attend the sessions with you.
7. Celebrate Achievements
Congratulate your loved one when he or she fulfills an exercise goal, regardless if it’s a big or small accomplishment. If one of your loved one’s activities includes running a marathon, your family could show support by going to the event and cheering him or her to the finish line. Receiving support from you and others could encourage your parent to continue working out and achieving goals that preserve his or her health and boost his or her quality of life.
Helping a loved one with exercise can be overwhelming for some families. Family caregivers sometimes need a break from their caregiving responsibilities. When they need respite care, University Park families can rely on professional caregivers to help their senior loved ones remain safe at home. Call Home Care Assistance today at (214) 363-3400 to learn more about our premier in-home care and schedule a free consultation.