Your dad’s doctor says he needs more exercise. You’re not sure how much exercise is needed every day. You don’t know what types of exercise are ideal. Here’s a look into the recommendations.
He Needs at Least 30 Minutes Per Day
Every day, your dad should aim for 30 minutes. If he exceeds this, that’s great. If he misses the mark, it’s not the end of the world. Many studies have found that even a few minutes of exercise is better than nothing.
The 30 minutes can be spread out. He could take a 15-minute walk in the morning and again at night and have that count. He could walk in the morning, do a 10-minute Yoga video after lunch, and use an elliptical machine for 10 minutes after dinner.
What Exercises Are Best?
Talk to your dad’s doctor to see if there are any restrictions. If not, he should aim for a mix of strength training, walking, bicycling, swimming, cardio, and balance. He can do this by mixing up activities. One day, he could take a Yoga class at a local senior center. Another day, he could swim laps at a community pool. A daily walk is a good idea, too.
If your dad needs motivation, he could benefit from a companion. Caregivers can walk with him. He could borrow a neighbor’s dog or take his own dog for a daily walk. He could see if any area seniors, moms and dads, or teens want to start a neighborhood walking or bicycling club.
Tips for Getting Your Dad to Exercise More
Your dad may be stubborn and not want to increase his exercise. Rule out a physical reason for his lack of motivation. If he has arthritis, pain may be keeping him from exercising. If that’s the case, you might have luck getting him to exercise in a pool where there is less strain on the joints.
Your dad may be more willing to exercise if you join him. Sign up for a Tai Chi class with him. Go walking with him each day, if you live close enough. If you live far away, you could get on Skype video and ride stationary bicycles together while chatting.
Caregivers can help your dad get enough exercise. With friendly reminders on when to exercise and company on walks, caregivers are there for support and companionship. Call our home care agency to discuss services of our caregivers.
If you or a loved one are in need of Caregiver Services in Bethlehem PA or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610) 200-6097.
Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc.
Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author
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