Break Down Fitness Barriers with These Elderly Exercise Tips

senior adult doing physiotherapy supported by therapist

Attitude is everything with regards to physical fitness.

Starting and maintaining an exercise routine can be challenging at any age. Working out is time consuming, tiring, and can lead to soreness or even injury. We’ve all made excuses like these for not working out; but frailty and advanced age make it even more difficult to stick to an exercise plan.

Partners in Senior Care, the top Libertyville, IL home care provider, wants to help older adults stay active by sharing these elderly exercise tips:

  • Self-assurance: Feeling daunted by the thought of starting an exercise routine is normal, especially for older adults who may think they’re too out of shape. It helps to begin slowly with workouts that are easily accomplished and advance gradually; and, motivate the senior with constant support.
  • Attitude: Attitude is everything with regards to physical fitness. If you have a negative attitude about exercise, you won’t likely make it far. Choose activities that the senior enjoys and can look forward to.
  • Pain: The old adage, “No pain, no gain” is a myth. Seniors should avoid overdoing it, and reduce intensity if experiencing pain or discomfort.
  • Disabilities: Seniors with physical or cognitive disabilities can and should remain active within their ability level. Check with the physician for a referral to a personal trainer or physical therapist who can put together a program of specialized exercises.
  • Fear of Injury/Balance Problems: There is a variety of assistive products on the market to allow for safe, effective exercising for seniors who have balance issues.
  • Financial Concerns: Good exercise doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Walking and other simple exercises in and around the senior’s home, using ordinary household items, can be incorporated into an exercise program at little to no expense.
  • Illness or Fatigue: Workouts may be tailored to match the senior’s energy level, and he or she may slowly increase endurance level over time.

Remember, the key to ongoing success with an exercise program is to make sure the senior feels comfortable and safe. If soreness is noted in muscles or bones the following day after exercising, a reduced intensity can be implemented; and check with the doctor if the pain or discomfort persists. 

Partners in Senior Care will work with your family member’s physician to develop a safe fitness plan in accordance with his or her abilities to increase strength, independence, and overall quality of life. Contact the Libertyville, IL home care experts today at 847-548-1330 for more exercise tips for seniors, and to find out more about how we provide exceptional the area’s top rated elder care.