Doing exercises in a pool is a great alternative to a traditional workout for seniors who have physical challenges because the buoyancy of the water can help put less stress on their joints. North Coast at-home care experts have put together a list of some easy water exercises that can help your elderly loved one keep his or her body strong.
Side Leg Lifts
For this exercise, your loved one will need to stand in the pool and slowly lift one leg out to the side, then back down. He or she should repeat this exercise until the leg begins to feel tired, then perform it again with the other leg. Because of the resistance of the water, leg lifts can help your loved one work all of the muscles in the legs, strengthen the core, and increase balance.
To begin this exercise, your loved one should stand by one side of the pool and place his or her hands on the edge, a bit wider than shoulder-width apart. Next, he or she should carefully bend the arms and lean in toward the pool wall, then push out. Your loved one should repeat this exercise until the arms begin to feel tired. This can help your loved one build shoulder, arm, and chest strength without putting unwanted pressure on his or her joints.
These can be performed in the center of the pool with water weights. The weights are optional, but they add more resistance. While holding the weights, your loved one should slowly bring his or her arms directly in front of the body with palms facing up. Next, he or she should curl the weights toward the body, then bring them back down, and repeat this exercise until the arms get tired. Doing this exercise can help your loved one tone and strengthen his or her arms.
This exercise consists of jogging from one side of the pool to the other. Your loved one can make this easier by either walking back and forth instead of jogging in the pool or by simply jogging in place. This is an ideal low-impact workout for seniors, and it can help get the blood flowing throughout the body and keep the heart rate up.
If your loved one needs encouragement for exercise, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our expertly trained caregivers can assist your loved one with mobility and make sure he or she gets regular physical activity to remain healthy. In addition to our hourly and live-in care services, we also offer specialised Parkinson’s, stroke, and dementia care North Coast families can count on. For more information on our aged care services, call one of our friendly Care Managers at (02) 6646 3527 today.