Cardiovascular activity is necessary for every fitness program, but it is particularly critical for seniors! The CDC recommends that older persons engage in 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise each week or 75 minutes of strenuous aerobic activity. A moderate intensity level activity is the most widely available kind of aerobic exercise for seniors and may be readily integrated into their daily routines. It’s also vital to keep in mind that any exercise, no matter how small, is better than no exercise at all.
However, keep in mind that all seniors will not start at the same place. Some may not be able to do 30 full minutes in a row, they may prefer doing a few minutes throughout the day. It’s essential to encourage seniors to listen to their bodies and do what feels right. This is what will help keep them mobile and independent for longer.
Unfortunately, no matter who your elderly loved one is, as they age, they will lose independence and need more help around the house. This is when elder care providers come in handy. They can help create routines that include exercise and nutrition to help keep the senior feeling good but can also allow you to get a sneak peek into how your senior is living. Elder care is the ultimate tool for seniors who want to age in place and stay healthy. If you are looking for additional ways to keep your senior healthy, recommend these cardio exercises.
Going for Walks
If a senior doesn’t have a gym pass or membership, that’s okay. They can get out in their neighborhood and do walks every morning or evening. It is best to avoid midday especially during the summer when that is the hottest time of the day. Even seniors who need a walking cane or additional help from elder care providers can enjoy this exercise.
Playing With Grandkids
This is an exercise that does not feel like exercise at all. Stop by your elderly mom or dad’s house on the weekend with your kids. This allows them to get bonding time with your kids and do something fun. Take them to the park, swimming, or to a community garden to do things together. This will get the senior’s heart pumping and hopefully allow your kids to burn off that extra energy.
Elliptical or Stationary Bike
Walking can be hard on the knees but luckily there are still ways to mimic it without actually doing it. If the senior is part of a gym they can get a ride and hop on the elliptical for 30 minutes. If that is not an option, a stationary bike will work just as well. This may even be something you can install in their homes for easy access.
Get Together With Friends
Having a good social life is important as a senior. They can encourage each other to be healthier and may walk together or do fun hobbies that will get all of the seniors moving around. Encourage your loved one to get together with friends.