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Four Leisurely Activities for Seniors That Help Them Get Some Exercise

By Greg and Hilary Eldridge

Senior Care in Duluth GA

It’s important to get adequate amounts of exercise, and this includes seniors. This is especially true of those receiving home care and who might not get out as much as much as before. Here are Senior Care in Duluth GAfour fun and leisurely activities seniors can do without worrying about hurting themselves.

Swimming

This is one activity that provides a lot of exercise but doesn’t put a lot of strain on the body. Since body weight is supported by water, many seniors who experience aches and pains on a regular basis or who have arthritis can find many advantages to swimming on a regular basis. Some of the benefits include:

  • Increases flexibility
  • Tones muscles
  • Helps preserve bone density
  • Maintains heart health

Seniors receiving elderly care at home can find opportunities to swim at community outdoor swimming pools or indoor pools at local health clubs.

Bowling

This leisurely sport not only helps seniors get exercise but also enables them to have an opportunity to socialize with others. One important thing seniors will want to consider when bowling, especially if they haven’t bowled for a while or have never bowled, is to pick a ball that works for them. Bowling balls weigh between 6 and 16 pounds. Generally older adults and seniors use a ball that weighs around 12 to 14 pounds. Besides weight, seniors will want to make sure the holes are large enough for their fingers and they can carry it without a lot of effort. Seniors may also want to use wrist supports as well as have adequate support for the back and knees.

Dancing

Many seniors most likely danced in their younger years and just because they are older, doesn’t mean they have to quit dancing. It’s an activity that is great for many reasons. Not only has dancing been proven to offer protection against dementia, it is also a fun exercise that pumps blood to the brain, giving it adequate amounts of oxygen to function well. Other benefits of dancing include:

  • Improves posture and balance
  • Increases stamina
  • Builds confidence
  • Provides opportunities to socialize

Older people receiving senior care typically don’t want to hang out at the local nightclub. Some great places to look for opportunities to dance include the American Legion hall or the community VFW post that often have special nights for dancing.

Golfing 

Even if seniors have been golfing all of their lives, they may have to make some adjustments when it comes to their golf swing and their aging body. This is especially true if seniors are not as flexible as they used to be. Thankfully there are many golf instructors who are realizing the need to help seniors make such adjustments. There are also tips available on various golfing websites. Golfing can help seniors stay active while improving their mood and increasing bone strength.

If you or an aging loved one are looking for senior care in Duluth, GA, contact the caring staff at Home Helpers of Alpharetta. Call today (678) 430-8511.

Source
Bowling ball weights: http://www.bowlingball.com/BowlVersity/bowling-ball-weight

Dancing: http://socialdance.stanford.edu/syllabi/smarter.htm