Seniors who are interested in starting an exercise program of any type should never jump into a new routine, as there can be adverse effects when proper precautions are not taken. So how can seniors start working out safely? Shown below are step-by-step instructions for creating a personalized senior exercise program, presented by trusted San Antonio in-home care agency, Home Care Assistance.
Step 1 – Get a Physical Examination
Prior to starting (or even considering) a new exercise routine, it is important for seniors to meet with their doctors in order to determine whether or not they are physically healthy enough for certain activities. It is a good idea to accompany your loved one, or arrange for a trained hourly caregiver in San Antonio to attend the appointment with him or her, ensuring all doctor-recommendations are communicated, understood and written down for future reference.
Step 2 – Set Specific Goals
The next step in developing an exercise program involves setting goals. These goals should be targeted (for example, goals may include losing weight or gaining strength) but they should also be attainable. By setting realistic goals, seniors can remain motivated with their exercise program.
Step 3 – Create a Plan
It is important to create a plan for exercise. For example, the plan may be as simple as walking for 15 minutes three times per week. It may also be as complex as swimming on Monday, cycling on Wednesday, and going to the gym to meet with a trainer on Friday. This will all depend on the senior’s abilities and can be modified as he or she builds stamina and strength.
Step 4 – Set Up a Reward System
While getting healthier is a reward in itself, a reward system can help keep seniors motivated to stay on track. Some examples of rewards include a weekly massage, a healthy dinner at a favorite restaurant, or even a glass of chardonnay (health permitting) at the end of the week if all exercise goals have been met.
Step 5 – Track Results
Last, but most certainly not least, it is important for seniors to track the results of their workouts – both the good and the bad. This can help them fine-tune their sessions to reduce pain and soreness or even to increase the intensity of a workout later when things become comfortable.
The steps involved in creating a senior workout plan are not much different from creating a plan at any age. However, it is important that seniors create their exercise plan with the approval of a doctor, especially if he or she has pre-existing medical conditions.
For more information about senior exercise, reach out to Home Care Assistance of San Antonio today. Our highly trained and professional caregivers are available 24 hours a day to assist seniors with new exercise programs, and can also offer help with daily activities, medication reminders, transportation and so much more. Call us at (210) 495-6300 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Care Manager – we look forward to hearing from you!