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Activities to help improve elderly health

17/06/2017

As we age it can become harder and harder to enjoy the physical activities that we used to during our younger years. With this decreased mobility, health can soon deteriorate, so it’s important that older people are still able to exercise.

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That’s why this month we’ve created a list of activities that can help to improve elderly health. They can be done on your own, or with friends and family.

However, before we start, we wanted to go into the reasons why you should be exercising in the first place.

  1. You’ll live longer. Gentle, regular exercise such as walking, gardening or dancing can all help to increase your life span.
  2. You’ll prevent falling. Some exercises such as Yoga or Pilates help to increase your balance, meaning that you’ll be less likely to suffer from falls. Exercise helps to improve bone density and muscle strength, both contributing to better balance.
  3. Reduced risk of strokes or heart attacks. Any activity that helps to increase your heartbeat improves the blood flow around your body and boosts your overall health.
  4. Increased bone density. Whether you’re walking fast or jogging slowly, any activity that requires bones to be weight bearing can help increase their density. This ultimately leads to strong bones and a reduced risk of breakage.
  5. Increased flexibility. Exercise helps to increase your flexibility, meaning you’re less likely to suffer from muscle strains, especially if you find yourself struggling to do everyday tasks such as reaching higher shelves or getting dressed.

Everyday activities

In your everyday life, there are so many activities that you can do to help improve your overall health and wellbeing. Making small adjustments on a daily basis are going to have a beneficial effect in the long run.

These can include:

  • Taking the stairs instead of the lift
  • Walking to the shops instead of driving
  • Regular gardening throughout the week
  • Carrying shopping to your car instead of using a trolley
  • Dancing instead of watching TV
  • Increase time spent doing housework

Exercise with friends

There’s nothing better than taking a day out to socialise with your friends and if you’re improving your health whilst doing it, then it’s an added bonus. There are so many group activities that you can enjoy, with many local councils running community projects where you can go along, meet new people and learn a new skill.

  • Line dancing or ballroom dancing
  • Rambling or hiking
  • Swimming
  • Playing tennis or badminton
  • Yoga or Pilates
  • Charity walks and events
  • Cycling
  • Golfing

Exercise with family

We all know that spending quality time with family is one of the most important aspects of life, so not get the family involved when it comes to exercise. Whether it’s spending time with grandchildren or visiting siblings, there’s always a way to improve your health and spend time with loved ones.

Why not try:

  • Teach grandchildren fishing
  • Get them involved in gardening
  • Take them to an outdoor activity centre
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Help younger grandchild learn to swim or ride of a bike

 

Remember, staying active isn’t just about keeping your heartbeat elevated. It’s also about making sure that your strength is maintained too. Anything from dancing to line gardening, yoga to golfing can help with this. With improved strength comes improved balance and mobility, so make sure you try to do at least some exercise everyday.

So there we have it, our top exercises to help improve elderly health. What do you think, are there any that you’ve seen in the past that we’ve missed out? We’d love to hear your thoughts, so do let us know on social media. You can find us on Twitter here and on Facebook here. We look forward to hearing from you.

@ Care Quest