While most aging adults have no interest in running a marathon, maintaining a regular fitness regime can contribute to the long-term mental, cardiovascular and physical health of aging adults. When a loved one is residing in an assisted living community there are several opportunities for them to tie up their sneakers and live a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Exercising With A Friend
As an aging adult it can be difficult to find the motivation to exercise, especially when merely thinking about the gym can cause aches and pains! Many seniors avoid physical exercise in fear of falling, especially if they’ve fallen down before. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Many people who fall, even if they’re not injured, become afraid of falling. This fear may cause a person to cut down on their everyday activities. When a person is less active, they become weaker and this increases their chances of falling.”
Exercising with a friend is a great way to boost motivation in seniors. Recent studies have shown that physical fitness with a friend can offer a wide range of benefits including longer training sessions, more intense workouts and a new perspective of exercise as a social activity. Most senior communities offer daily or weekly exercise groups, making it easier for seniors to maintain their exercise routine in a social environment.
The Benefits of Cardio
Cardiovascular exercise offers a variety of health benefits for aging adults. A simple thirty minutes of a cardio activity each day can reduce blood pressure, help regulate high cholesterol levels and diminish the risk of cardiac arrest in seniors. Exercise machines such as treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bicycles all offer low-impact exercise solutions that are ideal for aging adults. At Renaissance Extraordinary Senior Care Living, we want our members to thrive physically, emotionally and spiritually, which is why we offer senior exercise activities like tai chi, yoga, namaste therapies and more.
While most people don’t picture their aging loved one pumping iron at the gym, strength training with weights and weight equipment may provide added benefits that cardio cannot. According to the Penn State College of Medicine, strength training can substantially decrease mortality risk and improve functional limitations in seniors.
The American Heart Association recommends that seniors get a minimum of thirty minutes of cardiovascular activity a day, five days a week. It’s important to keep the emphasis on moderate physical activity that just slightly elevates the heart rate rather than high-intensity workouts.
Some senior living communities offer fitness centers with state-of-the-art exercise equipment and classes, making it easier for seniors to stay active. If your loved one prefers the great outdoors, encourage them to take their cardio outside with a friend.
At Renaissance Extraordinary Senior Care Living in Richfield, our compassionate assisted living professionals aim to enhance the lives of each and every senior that joins our community. If you or your loved one are interested in learning more about our extraordinary senior care facility, schedule a visit today!