As we age, an active lifestyle is more important than ever. Regular exercise/activity can boost energy, maintain independence and help to manage illness or pain. Not only is exercise good for the body, but it is also good for the mind, mood and memory.
Starting and/or maintaining a regular exercise regimen can be challenging as you get older. You may feel discouraged by illness, ongoing health problems, or concerns about injuries or falling. If you have never exercised, you may not know where to begin. The rewards of exercise do not require strenuous workouts or trips to the gym. It is about implementing more movement and activity to your life. Committing to a regular physical activity routine is one of the healthiest decisions you can make, but before you begin, consider these things to ensure your safety:
- Get medical clearance from your doctor.
- Consider health concerns, such as diabetes, asthma/breathing problems or blood pressure.
- Start slow.
- Commit to an exercise schedule & force yourself to stick with it.
- Stay motivated by setting short-term goals.
- Recognize problems, such as pain, dizziness, shortness of breath or chest pain.
Examples of Home Exercise:
- Leg Kicks
- Ankle Pumps
- Repeated Standing up from a chair without use of arms
- Hamstring Stretch
- Marching in place
- Bicep curls
- Raising and lowering arms while holding small weights or a can of soup/vegetables
- Pulling elbows back and pinching shoulder blades together
- Walking or Riding a bicycle
A physical therapist can help you develop a home exercise program that is safe and effective for your needs. Always discuss your health profile with a physician or PT before starting any exercise regimen. We love seniors in Clermont 34711 and will help you develop a program to fit your needs!