Getting into a regular exercise routine is a challenge at any age. Working out is hard. We don’t have time. We’re too sore from yesterday’s workout. We’ve all made excuses for not exercising; however, frailty and advanced age often make fulfilling an exercise plan even more challenging. The following are some common fitness roadblocks and how to approach them:
- Self-efficacy: Begin slowly with exercises that are easily accomplished and advance gradually. Provide frequent encouragement.
- Attitude: Promote positive personal benefits of exercise and identify enjoyable activities.
- Discomfort: Vary the intensity and range of exercise and avoid overdoing it.
- Disabilities: Consult a personal trainer or physical therapist for specialized exercises for the disabled.
- Poor balance: Utilize assistive devices to increase safety.
- Illness or fatigue: Use a range of exercises and intensities that can match the senior’s energy level.
Overall, the key to continued success with an exercise plan is to make sure the senior feels comfortable and secure with the plan and the exercises. If muscles or joints are sore the day after exercising, too much exercise may have been done. Next time, exercise at a lower intensity. If the pain or discomfort persists, talk to the doctor.
Aunt Ann’s caregivers will work with your loved one’s doctor to develop an effective exercise plan that will increase not only strength, but also independence. Give us a call to learn more about the benefits of daily exercise for seniors and to schedule in-home care services today! San Francisco: 415.974.3530 Peninsula: 650.757.2000