It is always a good idea to include being fit and healthy in all our weekly activities because even just 10-15 minutes of physical activity a day is already a great way for our bodies to experience an increased heart rate for better blood circulation.
Exercising at home keeps your elderly parents in good shape: it helps improve their balance and includes enough endorphins in their system that can keep them in a good disposition. Endorphins are hormones released in the brain, and these hormones possess analgesic-like effects that make them feel good about their bodies and how they carry themselves whenever they engage in activities that can increase the heart rate. Through our wellness programs for our in-home care in Irvine California, we incorporate simply health-condition-friendly exercises that will promote physical activity for your elder family members at home.
The following exercises listed below can be performed at home with the use of a sturdy chair:
- Balancing on One Foot
This exercise helps them improve their balance and lets them understand their leg strength when they execute one-legged stands. Here’s how to do it:
- Hold the backrest with one hand.
- Stand on each foot for 10 seconds.
- Repeat and alternate 5 times for each leg.
- Hold backrest with both hands and stand on both feet for 10 seconds, repeat 10 times.
- Seated Leg Lifts
An alternative option for cardiovascular exercises that help senior hip mobility through leg lifts. Here’s how they can do it:
- Sit comfortably on the edge of a chair.
- Hold seat or armrests with both hands.
- Lift right leg first and simulate a high-knee march, land foot slowly on the floor.
- Repeat and alternate 10 times for each leg.
- Overhead Arm Lifts
Include arm strengthening in the exercise routine by having your elderly use a dumbbell or a weighted object like 2 socks filled with rice or two water bottles to replicate a dumbbell. This type of exercise provides a wide range of motion for their shoulders and gives it more flexibility and shoulder mobility. Here’s how they can perform it:
- Sit comfortably on the edge of a chair, or while standing straight.
- Hold dumbbell or weighted object in each hand.
- Extend arms to form an L with the objects over their heads, palms facing away their bodies.
- Raise and push arms overhead, and bring arms down with control.
- Repeat and alternate 10 to 15 times.
Other exercises can also be added into the routine with the supervision of our caregivers for live-in care in California to help give your elderly a fundamental solution toward physical activity that considers their physical capacity.
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