Exercise is a pivotal component to living a healthy life and obtaining positive mental health but as people grow old, their desire to get out and move suddenly begins to disappear. Did you know that the average elderly person will spend 10 hours of their waking day sat or laid down?
It has been a very tough time for elderly people over the last two years with many of them advised to shield by the government as well as having to stick to other rules which prevented them from getting out of the house. However, with COVID restrictions being potentially removed completely by March, now is the time for them to get their walking boots or running shoes back on but they’ll need some help.
That’s where you come in. As their grandchild, you are young and energetic which makes you the perfect person to motivate them to get out exercising.
What are the benefits?
The benefits of exercise for anyone are huge to their wellbeing but here’s exactly why you should help your grandparents to exercise.
- Prevent diseases – Regular exercise can prevent many common illnesses for the elderly including heart disease and diabetes.
- Improved mental health – Exercise produces endorphins which in turn, reduce stress and boosts moods.
- Decreased risk of falls – When grandparents exercise it improves their strength, flexibility, balance and coordination which can help to reduce the risk of falls.
- Socialising – Many elderly people feel lonely in their old age and so having the opportunity
to exercise with you will give them a greater sense of purpose and enjoyment.
- Improve cognitive function – When people exercise it improves motor skills which in turn, boosts cognitive function which may help to reduce the risk of dementia.
What sort of exercises can you help them to do?
In theory, our grandparents can do whatever they put their minds to but here are some of the top exercise methods we recommend.
- Group exercise classes
How to help them if they have an injury
With exercise unfortunately comes the risk of an injury occurring which they may need your help to get over too. Here’s what you can do.
- Provide emotional support – It can be heartbreaking for them when they are in pain and can’t exercise. Let them know that you are here for them whenever they want to talk.
- Seek medical attention – Book in to see the doctor and they may be able to offer your grandparents tips or support for fixing their injury.
- Make a claim – If the injury wasn’t their fault then they may be owed compensation.