Top Fallacies about Aging & Exercise

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People often joke about being too old to do certain things, but you never outgrow the need to exercise. However, many people are discouraged from exercising because of certain myths regarding exercise and aging. It’s time seniors and their families know the truth about exercising with age and why it’s so important. 

Old Age Makes It Impossible to Exercise 

It’s true that the human body changes with age, but that doesn’t mean exercise won’t help. In fact, there are people in their 70s, 80s, and even 90s who are still lifting weights and running marathons. There’s a wealth of evidence showing regular exercise boosts physical health, enhances memory, and even reduces the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease later in life.  Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same homecare services. Families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet their elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.

Doctors Won’t Approve of Exercises

It’s wise to check with the doctor before starting any exercise plan if your loved one has a serious medical condition. The doctor can point you in the direction of which exercises are best suited for your loved one’s needs. However, there are very few cases when a doctor will say exercise isn’t beneficial. With exercise regimens, it’s important that seniors start slowly and listen to their bodies to avoid overdoing the workouts. 

Seniors Are Too Sick to Work Out 

People may avoid the gym because of twinges in their backs or slight headaches. The irony is that working out can actually alleviate these symptoms. As muscles strengthen, minor aches and pains will become more manageable. Seniors should start with low-impact exercises such as yoga and tai chi. If possible, make working out a social event and involve friends, family, or even a professional caregiver. The companionship of an exercise partner can provide fun and additional motivation.  If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Cedar Falls Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks.

Exercise Is Dangerous for Seniors 

As people age, it’s normal to worry about falling. However, exercising makes it less likely that your loved one will fall and get hurt. Exercise builds strength, agility, and balance. In addition to making falls less likely, exercising regularly also boosts bone health so seniors can heal from accidents more quickly.  If you and your loved one have made fitness a priority, know that it’s never too late to start exercising. Whether your loved one takes regular walks around the block, works out at home, or makes frequent trips to the local recreation center, following a regular exercise plan can boost his or her health. Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional in-home care. Cedar Falls, IA, Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life. To create a comprehensive in-home care plan for your parent, give us a call at 319-260-2222 today. 

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