When performed correctly, exercise can help seniors stay fit by maintaining physical dexterity and building up strength. Conversely, there are certain mistakes that can unintentionally boost the odds of experiencing muscle strains and sprains or other potentially serious injuries.
At Annapolis Home Care Assistance, our experienced and compassionate caregivers are able to assist their clients with physical exercises, helping them to avoid some of the most common exercise mistakes. By doing so, seniors can better reap the rewards of regular exercise while reducing their risk for injury. Here are just a few mistakes that seniors and older adults often make when starting or continuing with a regular exercise program.
Too Much, Too Fast
If you didn’t exercise all that much during your younger days, diving right into an invigorating exercise routine can do more harm than good. Consider working with a fitness trainer to determine an appropriate routine based on your current abilities. As you make progress, you can kick things up a notch. There are also many variations on common exercise that seniors with physical limitations can still perform and enjoy on a regular basis.
Not Warming Up
Regardless of your age, your muscles need to be properly prepared for exercise. A warm-up can include a short stroll around the block or doing some simple stretches. Taking time for a proper warm-up can also get the blood flowing and prevent muscle stiffness and soreness.
Aside from failing to provide any significant fitness benefits, improper form while performing various exercises can sideline you indefinitely. Proper form is important when it comes to just about any type of exercise, from jogging or brisk walking to strength training and cardiovascular exercises.
Forgetting About Balance
Regardless of how fit you are, balance tends to be affected with age. For this reason, it’s important to consider incorporating some balance training exercises into your routine. Doing so may also help prevent falls, one of the leading causes of disability among seniors and older adults.
Not Drinking Enough Water
Even if you’re not thirsty, take regular breaks to stay hydrated. While especially important for seniors due to additional health risks, staying hydrated is important at any age.
Stop and rest (or seek medical attention, if necessary) should any discomfort or pain be experienced. And if you or an aging parent or loved one need help with daily exercises, learn more about the professional hourly and live-in caregivers from Home Care Assistance of Annapolis. Specially trained in how to assist seniors with physical activities, our caregivers can also help with nutritious meal preparation, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, mediation reminders and so much more. Call us today at 443-302-2771 to request more information or schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager.