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Motivating Seniors to Exercise with Assisted Living Programs

August 11, 2017 | Blog

Motivating Seniors to ExerciseIt can be hard enough to get ourselves motivated to exercise – imagine how difficult it can be to motivate seniors to exercise, especially if they suffer from aches, pains, or even mobility issues. Thankfully, with some creativity and education, most seniors can be inspired to engage in more physical activity, even when residing in an assisted living facility. Spring Hills makes it even easier to motivate elderly adults to participate, offering numerous programs and classes that make exercising an enjoyable social activity.

The Benefits of Exercise for Senior Citizens

Regular exercise can improve a senior’s cardiovascular health, bone, and joint health, strengthen muscles and increase dexterity, and improve balance and endurance. Exercise decreases the likelihood of things like diabetes and heart disease, and with strengthened joints and muscles, seniors are less likely to suffer from strains or displacements.

The benefits aren’t just physical, though. Regular physical activity also promotes:

Assisted living for seniors doesn’t have to be sedentary; Spring Hills offers a variety of senior-friendly exercise programs and activities to suit the individual needs of our residents and home care clients – ranging from simple stretching and chair exercises to pilates, yoga, and Tai Chi classes. Spring Hills facilities also have beautiful, landscaped grounds that seniors and guests can enjoy during leisurely, endurance-building walks. Plus, these activities provide a great opportunity to socialize!

Tips For Encouraging Older Adults to Exercise

The key to motivating seniors is to give them a sense of empowerment and to demonstrate that exercise can be fun. Here are some approaches that our caregivers use to keep seniors motivated and happy:

Spring Hills recognizes all of the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of regular exercise for seniors. Our experienced and encouraging caregivers know how to motivate older adults to participate in the many activities offered. To find the Spring Hills facility closest to you, or to ask any questions, please contact us.

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