Aug 21, 2017 by Garrett Hafler
Many people tend to lose their stamina as they age and you may have even experienced this when out with your loved one. Seniors often need to take breaks and sit down to rest before they can walk more. Aerobic capacity and endurance start to decline with age and you must work at it to keep it. Since exercises can be dangerous for seniors, it is important that you speak with your loved one’s senior care specialist about exercising and the proper supervision.
Cardiovascular exercises are types of exercises that refer to any type of workout that increases your heart rate for a matter of 10 to 30 minutes. These types of exercises will engage your major muscle groups, improve oxygen flow, and improve your blood flow to your body as well. Sometimes, with the help of your loved one’s senior care provider, cardio exercises can be paired with strength and balance exercises too.
Low intensity cardio exercises are generally best for seniors, especially those who have not exercised in a while. These types of exercises will slowly increase your respiration and heart rate without a major jump that can lead to complications or too much exertion.
Walking is a low intensity cardio exercise that is often recommended for seniors, especially those who need to stretch out their joints or for those who want to get some fresh air.
Another low intensity cardio exercise to consider is swimming. Seniors can participate in swim classes and even lessons. Their senior care provider can also be present to help assist them in any areas where they may need a hand.
If you are interested in learning more about our senior care program and how our caregivers can help your loved one exercise, call Comfort Keepers today.
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