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Published By By Briana Barela, LVN and Right at Home Boston and North on October 01, 2020

Staying Active During the Pandemic

It is no surprise that being physically active can bring significant health benefits for us all. According to the Center for Disease Control, “Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.” But as you progressively age, maintaining an active lifestyle becomes more important than ever.

Here at Right at Home Boston and North, we care about your health and would like to suggest a few activities your senior loved ones can do throughout the pandemic to stay active and healthy.

Exercise and Social Distancing

Aerobic activity improves cardiovascular conditioning and reduces the risk of heart disease. It is the most common and convenient type of training. Here are a few aerobic exercises you can practice while social distancing:

  • Walking and jogging
  • Swimming and other water activities
  • Bicycle riding
  • Tennis
  • Golf

Female caregiver helping a senior female stretch her leg on a bedSome of the above activities may not appeal to seniors, making it difficult for them to participate in regular physical activity. Thankfully, there are household chores that require moderate-intensity and are considered aerobic exercise. Here are a few:

  • Gardening
  • Vacuuming
  • Sweeping
  • Mopping

According to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, older adults should perform aerobic activity for at least three days a week for at least 10 minutes at a time.

How to Avoid Injury

Many of our senior loved ones may be hesitant to engage in any strenuous activity out of fear that they might get hurt. It is essential to start slowly and gradually add intensity. Keep in mind this can be over the course of weeks to months. For example, instead of aiming for a mile, start with walking around the block. Then add a block every day. It is not a race, and there is no rush.

Warming up and cooling down play a crucial role in avoiding injury. Lower intensity activities at the beginning and end of your workouts not only prevent injuries but also reduce muscle soreness. Let’s take mowing the lawn, for example. Start with walking around the block or stretching first. This will prepare your body for the more demanding movements to come, pushing and pulling the mower.

Stretching can also help avoid injury by increasing flexibility. The more flexible you are, the least likely to get injured during exercise.

Let’s Get Active!

Now that you know where to begin when it comes to exercise, we at Right at Home Boston and North are here to help in any way that we can. Sluggishness and fatigue should not be affiliated with a pandemic, so let’s put on our tennis shoes and get our blood pumping!

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