Seniors have a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases. Exercise can help reduce their risk of these conditions, but many seniors don’t exercise regularly or at all. Here’s how independent senior living can provide the support that’s needed to encourage seniors to exercise.
Flexibility with Scheduling
One of the most significant benefits of living at independent senior living communities is the flexibility in scheduling. Residents can choose to exercise whenever they feel like it, but if they’re feeling particularly lazy or sore, there’s no need to push themselves. They don’t have to commit to a class or gym membership, and they don’t need to leave the community either.
Additionally, senior living communities offer a wide range of health and fitness activities that are tailored specifically for seniors’ needs and interests. These activities include painting classes and yoga sessions—both of which are great for building strength! They also involve communal activities such as watching movies together or playing games in a group setting. This gives residents an opportunity not only to bond with each other but also challenge themselves mentally while having fun!
Encouragement from Staff and Peers
The people in your senior community can also help motivate you to exercise. Your social director, activity director, and other staff members may be able to schedule an exercise class for seniors to attend during your free time. You might also see them participating in activities with residents on the property or encouraging each other to get moving during the day.
In addition to the encouragement from staff members, your peers will likely be more than happy to show you what it takes to stay fit. When you’re feeling lonely or bored at times throughout the day—and especially when it comes time for meals—ask someone who exercises if they would like some company during their next workout session so that you can join in on the fun!
Motivation to Be Social
Socializing is good for health and well-being. You can encourage seniors to exercise when they have a chance to do so in a safe and social environment.
Seniors want to be social. It’s one of the primary purposes of independent senior living communities: they offer residents ample opportunity to stay connected with friends and family, both in person and online. Seniors tend to lead healthier lives when they’re part of a community, which means that not only will they feel more engaged, but also more motivated to get out there and keep moving.
Exercise Safely and Freely Today
In conclusion, the key to getting seniors to exercise is to give them the freedom and encouragement they need. Seniors should be able to schedule their workouts at a time that works for them, making it easier for those who are busy with other commitments during the day or night. They also need easy access to fitness centers so they can work out whenever they want without having to worry about going outside and getting injured by falling off their wheelchairs or scooters. Encouragement from staff members and peers will help motivate seniors as well as provide positive reinforcement when completing workouts successfully! For more information, contact us today.