- Self-confidence: It’s normal for seniors to feel some level of stress with the thought of achieving exercise objectives. It can be beneficial to start the ball rolling slowly with exercises that are easily accomplished and advance little by little; and, encourage the senior consistently.
- Attitude: Attitude is so crucial when it comes to senior fitness. If approached in a negative way, it will be much more challenging to stick with an effective exercise regimen. Opt for activities that will be fun and that the older adult will look forward to on a regular basis.
- Pain: The saying, “No pain, no gain” actually isn’t true. Older adults should steer clear of overdoing it, and decrease the intensity level if feeling pain or discomfort.
- Disabilities: Older individuals with physical or cognitive restrictions can and should stay active according to their ability level. Seek the advice of the doctor for a referral to a personal trainer or physical therapist who can plan a program of specialized exercises.
- Fear of Injury/Balance Problems: There are a range of assistive devices to permit safe, effective exercising while still maximizing senior fitness.
- Financial Concerns: It doesn’t have to cost a small fortune to remain fit! Walking and other straightforward exercises in and around the house, making use of typical household items, can be incorporated into an exercise regimen at little to no cost.
- Illness or Fatigue: Exercises can be personalized to match the senior’s energy level, and he or she may slowly increase the endurance level over time.
Advanced Home Health Care, providers of senior home care in Burlington, IA and the surrounding communities, hopes to help older adults continue to remain as active as possible with tips to eliminate the following normal senior fitness barriers:Engaging in a routine fitness regimen is challenging at any age. Working out is tedious. We would prefer not to invest the time. We’re feeling the pain from yesterday’s exercises. We’ve all made excuses such as these for avoiding physical fitness; but frailty and aging make it even more daunting to keep up with an exercise regimen and maintain senior fitness.