You might be trying to figure out all sorts of solutions to help your loved one avoid falling at home. Falls are extremely dangerous and they can have lingering effects for your loved one. It turns out that exercise can actually be incredibly helpful for helping your loved one avoid falling.
What Exercise Can Do
Exercise can build your loved one’s muscles and her confidence, all at the same time. It can also help to build your loved one’s stamina, which can be especially important if she hasn’t been active for a while. It can help her sleep better and have more energy during the day. Exercise works gradually, so it’s not something that’s going to give your loved one all of the results that she wants immediately.
Why Your Loved One Needs It
As your loved one ages, she starts to lose muscle tone and she may find herself gaining weight much more easily than she used to. Your loved one’s weight might shift, too, moving from muscled areas to distributing fat around her stomach, hips, and thighs. Your loved one might also have trouble with slower reflexes than she was used to when she was younger, which can also keep her off balance.
Talk to Your Loved One’s Doctor
Before starting any exercise routine, you need to talk with your loved one’s doctor. Your loved one’s doctor can help you to figure out how much and what types of exercise are the best for her current health conditions. If dietary changes might help, he can also help you to determine what changes to make.
Set up a Routine
Your loved one is going to benefit the most from exercise if she’s doing it consistently and she’s following a routine. Pick a time of day that works well for her and then help your loved one stick to it. If you won’t be able to be there when she would normally be exercising, consider hiring home care providers. They can help your loved one feel less alone while she exercises and they’re there if something should happen.
Start out slowly with your loved one’s new exercise routine to allow her to get used to it.
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