Senior Care Services Help Older Adults Meet Exercise Requirements


Senior Care Services Help Older Adults Meet Exercise Requirements

Today’s post explains how ABC Greater Milwaukee’s senior care services make it easy for older adults to hit their weekly exercise goals.

Exercise Requirements for Older Adults in Brookfield, Wisconsin

We know that exercise offers many health benefits for the general population, but there is now a growing body of research supporting the prescription of exercise and physical activity for older adults with chronic diseases and disabilities.

For example, a recent study by the American College of Sports Medicine underscores how “regular physical activity reduces the risk of many adverse health outcomes” for older adults (Chodzko-Zajko et al., 2009, p. 1510). Researchers developed best practice guidelines with respect to exercise program structure, behavioral recommendations, and risk management strategies for exercise in older adult populations (p. 1510).

According to their guidelines, older adults should aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week–that’s only about 21 minutes per day. Older adults who cannot complete 150 minutes of exercise per week because of chronic conditions should be as physically active as their abilities and conditions allow.

Additional program structure recommendations are as follows:

  • 150-300 minutes of “endurance exercise” per week, which includes “any modality that does not impose excessive orthopedic stress.” Walking is ideal.
  • 2 days of “resistance exercise” per week, which may include progressive weight training, weight-bearing calisthenics, stair climbing, and other strengthening activities.
  • 2 days of “flexibility exercise” per week, which includes any activities that “maintain or increase flexibility using sustained stretches for each major muscle group and static rather than ballistic movements.”

How Senior Care Services Make Exercise Easy

Always Best Care Greater Milwaukee makes exercise easy for Brookfield, Wisconsin seniors in the follow ways:

  • Creating safe opportunities for gentle exercise. Some seniors may not be comfortable leaving the home for gentle outdoor exercise like walking and gardening due to mobility issues and safety concerns. As part of our senior care services, our team can escort your loved one anywhere they want to go and turn any activity into a fun social outing. In this way, we eliminate the most common barriers to exercising, and make meeting your exercise obligations as easy as a walk in the park!
  • Provide encouragement and increase your accountability. Our team helps you achieve health and fitness goals by providing encouragement and monitoring your adherence to exercise and eating plans. We are not personal trainers–it’s important that you find the exercises and meals that work for you–but we do provide all the same motivation, accountability, and safety monitoring benefits.
  • Serving healthy food to promote performance and recovery. There’s an old expression in fitness circles that says failing to “fuel up” with healthy food before exercise is like trying to drive a car on empty. Unfortunately, many seniors opt for convenience foods to avoid the chore of grocery shopping and meal preparation. But our senior care services can help, taking charge of all the shopping, cooking, and clean-up so that your loved one gets nutrient-packed foods to fuel their exercise efforts without any of the hassle.

Learn More About Always Best Senior services

Our senior care services are available in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Greater Milwaukee, and the surrounding areas.

Call 262-721-0765 or visit our website to learn more about how our custom care plans can support your loved one’s exercise goals.

References

Chodzko-Zajko, W. J., Proctor, D. N., Singh, M. A. F., Minson, C. T., Nigg, C. R., Salem, G. J., & Skinner, J. S. (2009). Exercise and physical activity for older adults. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 41(7), 1510-1530.

 

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