“Gone are the days where the elderly simply sit in a rocking chair when they retire from work,” continued Goodrich. Here are three safe fitness tips for senior citizens to help them stay active in 2014.
Set Reasonable Goals – Seniors should sit down with their physicians and talk about what to expect from a fitness program and what goals to work towards. It isn’t likely to be reasonable to expect to run a triathlon, but it might be realistic to expect to be able to walk several miles a day after working up to that level.
Seniors should always be honest with themselves concerning their current physical status. Start out slowly and work up to longer and more difficult workouts. One way to feel the accomplishment of working out is to set smaller goals instead of one long-term main goal.
Remember the “No Pain” Mantra – Forget that youthful adage of “no pain/no gain.” Pain is not a good thing for senior citizens. Exercise should not, and does not have to hurt to be effective. Dressing for the activity is important too. Get the right shoes that support the feet and alleviate strain on joints and bones. Wear clothes that allow moisture to evaporate so sweat isn’t held in.
Don’t forget to incorporate all types of exercise into a workout. Exercises, such as yoga, that are geared toward balance and flexibility are great for senior citizens. These types of exercises not only increase physical fitness, but help protect elderly people from falling hazards.
Find In-Home Health Care – Elderly individuals can benefit greatly from having a home health care provider come to their homes and help them in their daily lives. Along with regular daily care functions such as meal preparation to ensure a healthy diet, medical and hygiene needs, a home health care nurse can also help develop a safe and effective exercise routine based on each client’s needs and abilities. Having a health care professional working with a senior citizen in a fitness routine is a great way to ensure that injuries do not occur as a result of doing too much, but that each exercise achieves the maximum effect possible.
Home health care providers also know the latest developments in fitness exercises and also have access to the safest portable equipment to help get the most out of a workout for elderly individuals. For seniors who wish to continue a workout at a local community center, or health club, a home care nurse can make transportation available and help them get through their regular exercise routines safely at their chosen facility.
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About Firstat Nursing Services
Linnea Goodrich is the owner of Firstat Nursing Services, which is the only Home care Agency in San Diego that is both State licensed and certified by the Alzheimer's Association. Firstat Nursing Services has been providing a higher standard of home nursing, home health and home care services for elderly, disabled and injured people in the greater San Diego area since 1997. To pick up a copy of her free report "Critical Questions You Must Ask Before You Hire a Home Care Provider," Visit, http://firstatofsandiego.com