As our family members age it is always important to support them or encourage them to stay active. Below are 8 best activities we recommend
- Go for a walk. Keep a commitment to go for a walk a few times a week. Whether its to the park, down the block or in the back yard. Keeping the mind motivated and sharp is critical, and changing your environment as well as mentally pushing yourself to perform activities can make a significant difference.
- Schedule activities. Get your calendar out and choose 3-4 days that you (or your loved one) will feel comfortable performing an activity. Whether it be the advised physical therapy, additional walking or leg exercises, whatever it may be, make a goal and stick to it.
- Call or drop by your local Senior Center. Senior centers and local community centers have a variety of classes to participate in. Most offer daily exercise classes such as Yoga, Zumba, Water Aerobics, Muscle Conditioning, Line Dancing, Tai Chi and Meditation. Not only do we find group exercises help provide an additional place to stimulate the mind and body, but also as a great way to meet new friends.
- Go to the library. If you would rather exercise at home on your own time, visit your local library for exercise videos. Many libraries have large selections. If you have cable television, many on-demand features offer a variety of exercise shows.
- Spend time with family. Family time is critical and soothing. Making time for grandchildren and your family can help significantly. If you are the caregiver for a parent, make sure to bring your family and schedule time to see your loved one as often as you can.
- Workout any time. Strength exercises can be done any time. You can use household items to function as weights and do some repetitions while you watch TV or movie.
- Be realistic. Despite injury or limitation, there are a variety of options available. Chair-bound exercises are ideal for people with lower body injuries or disabilities, those with weight problems or diabetes, and elders looking to reduce their risk of falling. Any chair exercise can help alleviate body sores caused by sitting in the same position for long periods of time.
- Maintain the momentum. Don't keep it to yourself – talk to your friends, family and caregivers. Discussing your commitment will hold will increase your own commitment. Also communicating with friends and family may introduce you to new ideas, places, topics and hobbies that you may never have considered! Be open with your care team, they are here to help.