Coronado, Ca (PRWEB) December 31, 2011
Firstat Nursing Services, a premier home nursing and home health agency in San Diego, CA has recently published four tips to encourage aging seniors to get the exercise they need.
“Modern medicine certainly has its perks and people are living longer than ever. While that’s great news, it’s still an uphill battle getting most seniors interested in exercise,” said Linnea Goodrich, president of Firstat Nursing Services in San Diego, CA. “Because of this, we put together a list of 4 ways to get started.”
1 - Communicate the Health Benefits - One very easy way to peak interest in almost anything is to talk up the benefits. Who wouldn’t want to feel better, look younger and have more energy? Exercise can do all of these things and more. Talking with seniors about these benefits may just be the push they need to hit the track. Remember, we spend millions of dollars annually on facial creams and weight loss gimmicks. If a few laps in the pool can achieve the same result for free, who wouldn’t be motivated to give it a try? Besides, for many seniors, getting a little exercise every day may be the answer to a great night’s sleep - something that many seniors struggle with.
2 - Highlight the Fun in Staying Active - Exercise doesn’t have to be dull and boring. In fact, there are plenty of activities that most seniors will enjoy so much, they may even have fun! Show them that exercise can be an enjoyable part of their day and they will be more interested in participating. From strolling through the mall to playing a game of shuffleboard with friends, seniors need to know that they can enjoy themselves while taking positive steps to improve their health.
3 - Connect with Grandkids - As an easy way to develop and build relationships with grandkids, exercise can prove to be even more beneficial. Many seniors would love the opportunity to have a little fun with the little ones but aren’t sure where to begin. Let them know that even a walk through the garden can be a terrific way to connect with grandkids and build lasting relationships. While a game of basketball may not be the right answer, there are plenty of activities that require movement and can be an enjoyable and fun way to share time with the ones we love.
4 - Promote Good Sleep - Unfortunately, one of the most common complaints among seniors is the inability to get a good night’s sleep. Regular exercise at least three days per week can promote good sleep, leaving most people refreshed and ready to face the day. No more tossing and turning or sleeping pills because regular, consistent exercise can make even the most hardened insomniac sleep like a baby.