Staying Healthy at Assisted Living
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It’s far too easy to assume that when somebody moves into assisted living, they are basically waiting out the remainder of their life. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
In reality, assisted living offers so many opportunities for seniors of all ages, from all walks of life, and dealing with all different types of physical challenges that many seniors who first moved into these communities are surprised at just how busy they are throughout the day.
It’s great to stay active and engaged, whether it’s taking on a new form of art, playing games with new friends, or sitting and watching television programs with other elderly individuals, but it’s absolutely essential that seniors get exercise and stay physically fit.
There are plenty of ways seniors can stay healthy and get quality exercise in a safe manner at an assisted living facility.
More and more assisted living communities are building fitness rooms that contain some easy to use devices. These Nautilus style exercise machines provide resistance training. You’re not likely to find free weights, aside from 1/2 pound or 1 pound weights, mostly because an elderly individual isn’t going to be adding muscle mass; they are more focused on maintaining the muscle they do have as well as their strength and dexterity.
When an assisted living facility has a fitness room, they also will likely have highly trained staff members on hand who understand exactly how to use those machines and right methods for seniors to use them to avoid injury.
Walking the grounds.
If the assisted living facility has grounds with walking paths, spring and summer is a great time for seniors to get out and go for a walk. Increasing their general walking pace by just a little bit (walking at a ‘brisk’ pace) can help to elevate their heart rate. Most medical professionals recommend seniors and others increase their heart rate for at least 15 minutes a day through a variety of cardiovascular activities.
Walking the grounds can provide seniors the opportunity to do just that. There may very well be other activities the administration organizes to help seniors get some exercise, stay fit, and stay healthy.
When a senior is focused on staying physically fit, they are also likely to focus on improving their diet. With high quality restaurant style facilities in most assisted living communities across the country, getting the right level of nutrients for breakfast, lunch, and dinner also becomes much easier.
For more information about Pipestone Place Assisted Living in San Antonio, TX or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.
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