People often talk about getting the right level of exercise as though it’s a commodity to be traded. Every person is different, so the amount of exercise he or she requires is going to vary.
A person who requires elder care may feel that exercise is no longer necessary or is futile. The reality is that the medical community recommends exercise for nearly anyone. There are certain physical limitations that could cause a person to avoid exercise or have the doctor recommend they rest, but they are the exception to the rule. For example, a person who has been diagnosed with pneumonia will be told to rest as much as possible. Overdoing it during the recovery process could actually cause the pneumonia to become worse once again.
For almost everyone else, exercise can be incredibly beneficial. Not only can it help the elderly individual build up their strength, stamina, and allow them to feel more confident in life, it also helps to increase circulation, carrying oxygen throughout the body more effectively, and also nutrients.
How much exercise is ideal or optimal?
Since every person is different, the answer to this question will vary. Some individuals who have cardiovascular disease or other heart related conditions may not be able to take part in certain exercise routines. Their doctor might recommend 15 to 20 minutes of exercise a day, but keep it moderate.
Other seniors may be able to take part in a more rigorous workout, such as riding a stationary bike, swimming, and even brisk walking or jogging. It’s best to consult with a primary care physician or other medical professional to determine just how much exercise a person should be getting, based on their health and other factors.
It may also depend on the goals of the senior with regard to how much exercise they should get. If the senior is looking to lose some weight, they may need to focus on more strenuous activities that burn calories or a longer workout.
Yoga, water activities, and walking can offer tremendous benefits for seniors, regardless of their actual age or physical condition or limitations. An experienced elderly home care provider may be able to provide a quality exercise plan for the senior at home. If the elderly client has not exercised in a long time, it’s best to consult his or her doctor before beginning any new regimen.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of elderly care services in Stuart, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at (772) 678-3324.