The role of exercise in a healthy lifestyle doesn’t diminish as we get older. In fact, for seniors coping with the natural effects of aging — and possibly injuries or illnesses, as well — physical activity becomes an even more crucial piece of the health and wellness puzzle.
Seniors need to move to keep their bodies strong and their minds engaged. But if they’re not accustomed to exercising or they’re dealing with pain, encouraging them to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives can be challenging.
At Kennedy Fitness: A Jefferson Health Affiliate, we understand that you can’t necessarily register your elderly loved one for one of our kickboxing classes in Cherry Hill or any other of our locations throughout South Jersey. However, there are a few ways you can help them experience the wonderful benefits of exercise. We’ve listed a few below.
Make It a Routine
New habits can be difficult to start, but once you get in a groove, they become second nature. Block out time every day for some form of physical activity, preferably around the same time, and make sure the schedule is followed.
Choose The Right Activities
Your loved one might have an adventurous personality and want to try new things, but if not, it’s a good idea to stick with what they enjoy, or the routine is less likely to stick. If they’re a nature lover, for instance, plan walks in the park. If they’re able and like to swim, find a local aqua fitness class.
Take It Slow
Setting expectations too high or pushing too hard at the outset could be discouraging to someone who’s trying to ease back into the habit of exercise. There’s no rush to a finish line; taking a patient approach will help your loved one experience gradual process and small successes that will motivate them to keep going.
Give Them Company
Whether you actually exercise with them or they’re able to round up a group of friends to join them, it’s always more fun when you don’t have to work out alone.
Kennedy Fitness Can Help!
Our Senior Population Classes are tailor-made for helping seniors increase their activity level. Our certified instructors emphasize safety and make sure each individual’s unique needs are met.
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