Lots of seniors will be going outside and getting more active as families visit. Kris Rogers of FirstLight HomeCare shares tips on activities seniors can engage in while also ensuring their physical safety.
There are four key areas of exercises that seniors should focus on to stay healthy:
• For cardio and endurance, safe exercises that provide a healthy amount of physical activity are swimming, walking and cycling. These exercises are low-impact, but still provide the opportunity to get your heart rate up. In addition, there are tons of local community centers that provide free admission to seniors.
• For strength and resistance training, it's great for seniors to use household items to keep their joints moving. These items are generally always on hand and make great weights. Kris will bring household items such as a gallon of milk and a can of soup to demonstrate these exercises.
• Stretching and flexibility exercises are very important to a senior's overall health. It's important to stretch both before and after any sort of physical activity to eliminate any possibility of muscle cramps. Kris will demonstrate as necessary.
• Lastly, seniors should regularly participate in safe balance exercises to help prevent falling. According to CDC, 2.3 million older Americans fall. Kris will demonstrate as necessary.
• Additional tips for overall physical exercise safety.
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