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How to Motivate Aging Adults to Get Over the Fear of Exercising

By Carol White, 9:00 am on

Seniors should exercise on a regular basis to maintain good health. However, many family caregivers have difficulty motivating their loved ones to exercise. Here are a few things you can do to help your senior loved one conquer his or her fear of exercising. 

Address the Fear of Passing Out

As your loved one ages, his or her bone density, muscle strength, and energy may begin to decrease. However, regular exercise can boost his or her muscles, flexibility, and energy levels. The lack of strength and energy could prevent your loved one from working out because he or she is afraid to pass out. You can motivate your loved one by going over the health benefits of exercising and explaining that this activity can boost his or her overall health. The more your loved one works out, the stronger and more flexible his or her bones may become.

Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality in-home senior care. Prescott families trust in Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably.

Encourage Exercising at Home

The fear of exercising may stem from embarrassment due to lack of mobility or being overweight. Your loved one may shy away from joining a local gym out of fear that others will mock him or her. You could work out with your loved one or hire a trainer to help him or her exercise at home. This could motivate your loved one to get fit and eventually go to the gym. 

Start at a Beginner’s Level 

Many seniors are afraid to exercise because they believe it is too difficult to do. The fear of not achieving their goals prevents seniors from doing certain things, including physical activity. Your loved one may put off exercising because he or she is afraid to fail. Assure your loved one that he or she is not in a competition and can exercise at his or her own pace.

Older adults may need assistance with exercising or managing other daily tasks. Some seniors only require help with a few daily tasks so they can maintain their independence. However, those living with serious illnesses may need more extensive assistance. Luckily, there is professional live-in care Prescott, AZ, seniors can rely on. Home can be a safer and more comfortable place for your loved one to live with the help of an expertly trained and dedicated live-in caregiver.

Clear Pathways and Rooms 

Many seniors associate exercise with slips and falls. You can help your loved one get over this fear by making sure the pathways and floors in the rooms where he or she exercises are always clear. This may reduce the risk of slipping and falling.

Caring for a senior loved one can be rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming for family caregivers who have other responsibilities they need to focus on. For these families, the perfect solution is respite care. Prescott families rely on our caregivers whenever they need time to rest, work, run errands, and even go on vacation. If you need a high-quality at-home care plan for your senior loved one, call Home Care Assistance at 928-771-0105 today.

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