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Importance of Exercise and Physical Activity: Balance Exercises

By Vicki Crow

Exercise is important for people of all ages, but it is particularly important for seniors. Part of any caregiving regimen should include making sure the loved one gets even a little exercise every day. Even spending 15 minutes a day on light exercises can help tremendously over the years.

 

Benefits of Regular Exercise for Seniors

A leading cause of disability and death is a sedentary lifestyle. When people engage in light exercises, such as swimming or walking, they can increase their lifespans by as much as five years. Part of this includes the fact exercising reduces a person’s likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke due to the increase in blood flow toward the heart.

 

Seniors who exercise also enjoy better bone density. Osteoporosis causes broken bones every year, but those odds go down with exercise. Studies have also indicated that regular exercise can help reduce the chances of someone developing dementia. There are countless other diseases that are reduced with regular exercise. Therefore, engaging in light exercise routinely can help ensure a person’s golden years are truly golden.

 

Examples of Balance Exercises

Falling is a leading cause of injury and death to people around the world. Practicing balance exercises can help reduce the odds of that happening. Here are some great ones to implement into a routine.

 

  • Walk Heel to Toe: You put one foot directly in front of the other so that the heel touches with the top of the toes. Repeat with the other foot. Do this for 20 steps in one direction and 20 in the other.
  • Single Limb Stance: While holding onto a chair, lift one foot into the air. Hold that position for as long as possible. Set the foot down and repeat with the other foot. Aim to have one foot in the air for at least a minute.
  • Wall Pushups: Stand at arm length to a wall. Lean forward as though you were doing a pushup. Gently push back until your body is straight once more. Do as many as you can.
  • Shoulder Rolls: While sitting or standing, rotate your shoulders toward the ceiling. Next, bring your shoulders back down. Then you can roll them forward and then back to their regular position.

 

It is entirely possible for seniors to stay healthy and get exercise without the need for trainers or gym memberships. For more information on helping your loved one, reach out to Home Helpers of Walnutport through our online contact form.