How Seniors Can Stay Fit at Home During Lockdown
Amid the coronavirus outbreak in the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging older people to stay at home as much as possible, since they face a higher risk of facing challenging consequences after contracting the disease. For many seniors, this means missing out on the daily walks or jogs as well as trips to the gym that might typically keep them fit and healthy. However, being stuck at home doesn’t mean that seniors should neglect their fitness goals. There are many ways seniors can stay fit without leaving their homes.
Buying home gym equipment
Building a home gym is not as hard or expensive as it sounds, particularly for older adults who require lower intensity exercise. There are various types of home gym equipment that seniors can buy online and have them delivered to their homes. For example, a stability ball can help seniors do several exercises to build their core strength for improved balance and posture. Free weights and dumbbells can also come in handy, especially for those working with limited space. Seniors with ample space can buy larger equipment like an elliptical to help them torch some calories, improve endurance, and balance, while people who are on a tight retirement budget can shop for second-hand equipment on websites like eBay or Craigslist.
While having home gym equipment can make exercise more fun for seniors, they don’t necessarily need it. Bodyweight exercises can help them get their daily dose of strength training by using their weight to provide some resistance against gravity. When performed correctly and safely, bodyweight exercises can enhance a senior’s biomotor abilities including speed, strength, endurance, coordination, and flexibility. Some of the bodyweight exercises that seniors can do safely include chair-assisted squats, wall push-ups, step-ups, and lunges.
Taking online yoga classes
Seniors often lose flexibility in their joints as they get older. Yoga is one of the best forms of exercise for seniors to stay limber as it focuses on strength, balance, and flexibility. On top of that, yoga can have various mental health benefits for them such as reduced levels of stress, depression, and anxiety. Most seniors can do classic yoga poses like warrior, downward-facing dog, and seated forward bend. Those with limited mobility can do chair yoga instead.
Eating a healthy diet
Seniors must not forget the importance of supporting their activity levels with a proper diet. First of all, they need to ensure that they get sufficient high-quality protein in their meals; older adults need a lot of it to maintain lean muscle mass and high energy levels, promote recovery from injuries or illnesses, and support overall health. Carbohydrate foods like rice, pasta, bread, and cereals can also provide them with the energy required for workouts. To save money and maintain control over what goes into each meal, seniors can cook their meals at home as opposed to ordering from restaurants.
Staying active helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure and can significantly reduce the risk of diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Throughout this period of uncertainty, seniors need to take control of their health and well-being by finding ways to stay active and eating healthily.