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How Can You Counter Your Senior's Resistance to Exercising?

By Hilary and Greg Eldridge

It's not unusual for people not to be interested in exercising, but your senior might give you some reasons to avoid it. Here are just a few of the situations you might encounter and what you can do to respond to them in a positive way.

She's Getting Older Anyway

Your aging adult may feel as if there's no point in exercising because she's just getting older every day. But exercise, even a little bit, can help her to stay independent and can help her to feel better. It's not a question of how old your senior is, but how well she's feeling and exercise can help her. Make sure that she sticks with her doctor's recommendations so she doesn't overdo it.

Exercise Will Just Make Her Fall or Injure Herself

Your elderly family member may worry that she's at a greater risk of injuring herself when she exercises. At first, she may feel a bit off balance, but that gets better as she moves more. Another way around this is for your elderly family member to exercise when someone else is around, such as home care providers. They can help her to exercise without worrying that she's going to fall or be unable to help herself.

She Can't Do What She Used to Do

Even if your elderly family member used to be extremely athletic, that doesn't mean that exercise is wasted on her now. There's nothing that says your elderly family member has to get to the same level of athletic prowess that she used to achieve in the past. Movement is what matters, even if it's just a little bit of extra movement.

She's Too Weak or Disabled to Be Able to Exercise

There are so many different types of exercise that your senior can participate in, even if she's disabled or chair-bound. Look for different activities that help your elderly family member to make the most of what she is able to do. Some gyms and personal trainers even specialize in helping the elder and disabled to exercise as much as they can. Your elderly family member might be surprised what she can still do.

Your elderly family member might have other objections to starting an exercise program. It's important to get to the root cause of those concerns in order to respond appropriately. Your senior may simply be afraid of injuring herself, which isn't an unreasonable fear at all. How you respond is what's important.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care services in Lilburn, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.