Physical health plays a huge role when determining whether you or a loved one can remain independent and safe in the home. Aging is constant, and while the physical decline that comes with it is inevitable, there are ways to counteract and slow that process.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, millions of seniors age 65 and older fall each year, and one out of five falls results in serious injury. The possibility of a fall introduces further dangers for elders who live alone. Physical activity that directly targets problem health areas is key, having proven to slow physical decline and increase resilience in muscle groups that are pertinent to your specific health challenges.
Movement-based cardiovascular exercises increase mobility, balance, and strength through tasks as simple as taking a walk around the block. Getting on your feet, getting outside, and moving your body puts your mind and movements in sync, which can improve balance, increase leg strength, and overall reduce fall risk. Create new daily habits that force you to spend time on your feet each day.
Strength training is also very beneficial for building that muscle resilience. Muscles naturally weaken if they are not used, and aging simply speeds up that process. The benefits of strength training do not require pumping serious iron, but rather simple exercises with small weights or elastic bands. Best of all, improved balance and mobility comes hand in hand with greater muscle strength and resilience. Eldergym.com is a great resource for isometric and resistance training that can be done in the home.
You’re never too old to begin new exercise habits. Whether you’re transitioning home from the hospital or looking to retain your independence and safety in the home, Celtic’s team of nurses and therapists are ready to help you reach your health goals. Please contact us for more information at 1.888.923.5842 or at 1.800.358.8227 for our Illinois office.
Blog Post by Troy Abbott – Support Services Coordinator