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Senior Health Risks: The Importance of Avoiding a Sedentary Lifestyle

By Cherie Coe, 8:00 am on

The older you get, the harder it might be to exert yourself like you did when you were young. Going out and getting active might sound challenging and even intimidating. However, daily exercise doesn’t have to consist of extreme weight lifting or hours of running. It’s just important to keep your body moving, to avoid both physical and mental atrophy.

At Jefferson County Home Care Assistance, daily exercise is a key component of our balanced approach to care. We understand that there are a lot of health risks associated with leading a sedentary lifestyle and encourage our clients to get up and moving! Those who are able to incorporate some level of activity into their daily routine are able to combat a host of health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, anxiety and depression, to name a few.

So how do you avoid these illnesses and conditions? It’s simple! Just get outside a few times a week and focus on participating in activities that you enjoy. Today, many communities have programs designed just for seniors, where you can meet some people your age, and do everything from nature walks to shopping trips. Not only will it keep your body moving and blood flowing, but it will engage your brain, too.

There are also special exercises seniors can do to keep their body from slowing down. It might not be safe to try to run a mile, but there are adjusted exercises that you can try on your own, or in a group. For instance, yoga and tai-chi are gaining popularity among the senior population, both offering low-impact exercises and stretches, while also helping to manage stress through meditation.

If you or an aging parent or loved one have difficulty getting around or are unsure about starting an exercise regimen, consider in-home care. With the help of a part-time or live-in caregiver in Jefferson County, you can attend social events and exercise classes around town or can receive help with exercises in the comfort of your home. Caregivers are also companions and friends that can provide encouragement and assistance with all kinds of daily activities from cooking and medication reminders to personal care and light housekeeping.

If you would like to learn more about senior fitness or in-home care, we invite you to request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with one of our friendly and knowledgeable Care Managers. They will be able to answer any questions you may have and can also help you determine if home care may be the right choice for you or a loved one. To schedule a consultation, call 303-987-5992 today – we look forward to hearing from you!