As a person gets older, their mobility, strength, and flexibility seem to wane. Many find it harder to get moving in the morning and experience aches and pains long into the evening. It may be beneficial to invest in a workout routine for older adults. Doing so may help reduce these uncomfortable moments and give you some of the strength you want back. For some, using physical therapy to do this is essential. At Wickshire Senior Living Oklahoma City, we offer a range of senior living programs to keep you healthy. To learn more, please contact us today at 833.497.4390.
Considerations for a Workout Routine for Older Adults
Older adults need to take special care when choosing a workout routine. The first step is to speak to a doctor to learn about any limitations due to underlying health risks. Then, select a workout that allows for easy movement with ample support. That includes having a place to sit, working out with another person nearby, and focusing on moderation.
Here are a few of the options for workouts older adults can often use:
- Sit-to-Stand: Sitting in a chair, extend your arms straight out in front of you. Work to stand up using just your legs to move. This takes time, but learning to do it can help to improve muscle tone and overall energy.
- Walk-in-Place: For seniors unable to go for a walk or spend time using exercise equipment, consider walking in place. Stand next to the kitchen sink, placing your hands on the countertop for support. Then, march in place, picking up your legs as high as they can go.
- Single-Leg Stand: Improving balance happens with this exercise. Stand with arms out to your sides and feet at shoulder length. Pick up one foot and hold it for a few seconds. Set it down and do the other leg. Repeat several times.
- Swim: For those who want to be active and not just work out at home, go for a swim. Swimming doesn’t impact the joints like walking does but provides a good amount of cardiovascular exercise to boost overall health.
- Use Light Weights: Even if you’re unable to get up and move around as much as others, the use of a few small (1 to 3 pound) weights in a seating position can help to build core strength and flexibility.
It’s critical to speak to a health professional to determine what level of exercise is best for your unique needs.
What If These Exercise Options Are Too Hard?
Exercising as you get older is more complicated. The key is finding the right amount of support to help you slowly work up your skill and build strength. That’s one reason you may wish to work with a professional who can help you gradually build stamina and strength no matter what level you are at right now. Our team can offer this help. We can come to your home and support you as you work to improve your overall physical fitness.
For those living within our senior living community, physical therapy and occupational therapy are two of the services we offer to help you stay fit. We encourage you to reach out to learn more about the exercise routines and fitness programs that may be available to help you get in shape. Learn more about each of our programs, including:
- Wise and Well Program
- Fall prevention and detection program
- Recreational therapy programs
- Housekeeping services and support
- Healthy dining services
To learn more about how we support our senior living residents’ needs, please reach out to Wickshire Senior Living Oklahoma City.
Get the Help You Need at Wickshire Senior Living Oklahoma City
Finding a workout routine for older adults may be one of the best decisions you make for yourself and your health. You don’t have to do it on your own. Our dedicated team at Wickshire Senior Living Oklahoma City can provide you with a wide range of services to support your health and wellbeing. Learn more by reaching out to us now online or calling 833.497.4390 for help.