As we grow older we lose strength and mobility due to various issues like injuries, illness and health conditions. It becomes increasingly difficult to do activities. Carrying out some light weight, easy physical activities for elderly help in aging better.
Aging should not stop one from doing what they like to do . There are many ways to have fun, boost mood, and stay engaged. Physical activity will also help in keeping healthy , energetic and independent.
Benefits of staying active :
- Lower risk of heart diseases, diabetes, dementia etc
- Increases mobility and strength, reducing injuries and falls
- Provides a fun routine in mundane life
- Improves mental health
- Helps maintain the ability to live independently.
Here are some examples of physical activities that are suitable for elderly:
1. Brisk walking
Brisk walking is a good example of moderate aerobic exercise. It is free, it is simple and it can be made fun with the company of family friends or a furry pet. It helps to prevent a vast variety of diseases and also helps maintain a healthy weight.
Find out more about Brisk walking here.
Make it as simple as you want with a few potted plants or as challenging – with a full garden. Gardening provides physical and mental stimulation. It also makes ones feel a lot of joy when they finally get to reap the fruits of their labor and see the plant grow. Making a salad from your own garden, adding a few herbs from the window sill and cutting fresh flowers for the vase brings so much joy!
Read the beginner’s guide to gardening here.
3. Chair Yoga
Chair yoga improves muscle strength, flexibility and balance and can be done sitting down. It is a low impact form of exercise which is easily accessible and less stressful on the joints. Chair yoga includes- overhead stretches, seated twist, seated cat stretch etc.
Find out more about chair yoga here.
Zumba helps in staying fit, while having fun. It improves physical and mental health and is a low impact, appropriate “Dancercise” for seniors.
It does wonders for the heart- increasing the rate and overall health, improves metabolism and releases dopamine, which is proven to stimulate feelings of happiness. There are also ways to do seated zumba for persons with low mobility.
Find out more about zumba here.
Our carers at Visiting Angels are trained professionals who can assist you with day to day physical activities to help you stay fit and healthy. Find out more by giving us a call today at 01144333000.