Two attributes that tend to dwindle as we age are our strength and balance. Maintaining both is important to a senior’s health and safety. Fortunately, there are many exercises that can be done in the home to help counteract losses in these areas. As a leader in care for seniors, we know that staying active and exercising regularly is very important.
A Little Time Exercising can Deliver Big Results
Try these safe and easy exercises to support strength and balance.
Stand up to two feet away from a wall, but as close as you need to be to feel comfortable. Place your palms on the wall directly in front of your shoulders. With your body remaining straight, bend your elbows to bring your face close to the wall. Straighten your elbows to return to the upright position. Repeat in sets of five with a break in between.
Put your left foot in front of your right with the heel just touching your toes. Then move your right foot in front of the left in the same way. Continue walking like this for 20 or more steps.
Stand behind a sturdy chair that will not move and hold the back lightly with one hand. Pick up your right foot and balance on your left for as long as it feels comfortable. Put your left foot down and lift your right. Increase the time standing on a given foot from one session to the next, with the goal of being able to balance on one foot for a full minute.
Stand near a sturdy chair or counter so it is available if you need to catch your balance. Stand straight and put your arms in front of you. Raise up on your toes as high as you are able. When you reach your peak, slowly lower back down. Repeat 20 times in sets of five or 10 depending on your comfort level.
The “Say No” Stretch
Sit or stand with your back straight and your shoulders back and relaxed. Looking forward, turn your head slowly to the left until you feel a slight stretch. Hold that position for a second or two, then slowly turn your head to the right. If you are able to do this while standing, not only does it increase the flexibility in your neck, it can improve your balance for those times when you look to one side or the other while walking.
Encouraging Seniors to Live Their Best Lives
The caregivers at Seniors Helping Seniors are seniors themselves. So, they know how important it is to stay strong and balanced, and can help remind and encourage the people they visit to remain as active as they are comfortable with.
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