Once most adults get older, physical activities may not be a priority to them. Also, if they live alone, they may not be paying close attention to how healthy the foods and drinks are that they are consuming on a daily basis. These two factors, along with a slower metabolism, can quickly cause older adults to become obese.
Not only can this condition cause your senior loved one to feel sluggish and lethargic, but it can also rob them of their cognitive abilities. Making the following lifestyle changes are critical in order to prevent obesity from happening to your parent, but they may not be motivated to do it alone. With the encouragement and support from family members and a senior care provider, they will be able to easily make the following changes.
Exercise more. Seniors with chronic pain, such as arthritis, may use that as an excuse to not exercise. However, by not working out, the weight they will probably gain will actually put more pressure on their joints and muscles. Exercising can help strengthen their bones and muscles, while also improving their flexibility and balance.
Get a physical therapist. A physical therapist can analyze your loved one’s health and fitness level in order to create an exercise program that caters to their abilities. This program will not go beyond your loved one’s physical abilities in order to help prevent injuries from occurring.
Weight training. One type of exercise the senior should squeeze into their day is weight training. The senior should get the approval of their doctor before participating, but this type of workout will help the elder lose weight, build muscle, and increase their metabolism. In order to create a weight training routine that is right for them, the senior should consult with their doctor, physical therapist, or trainer.
Count calories. It is important that older adults carefully watch how much they are eating at each meal. Even increasing their calories slightly can cause them to pack on the pounds. This can also lead to other health problems as a result of their weight gain. Eating a well-balanced diet with plenty of lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will keep their weight at a healthy level. They should consult with a dietician for a more specific meal plan.
Just because your loved one does not have the energy or motivation they once did, this does not mean they will be unable to try these tips. Encourage them by making these changes with them.
Belina Calderon-Nernberg is the CEO and founder of 1Heart Caregiver Services. Recently offering 1Heart franchise business opportunities to the public, Belina provided the vision, leadership, and direction that the company needed to achieve its goal of making a positive difference in the homecare industry. As her greatest accomplishment, the company is now equipped with the expertise to expand its business operations to different States in the U.S. Belina brings with her a corporate experience of 25 years, with 15 solid years of experience as CEO of an employment agency and a senior care service company in Southern California. Belina has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of St. La Salle, Philippines. She has been the recipient of several awards given to emerging leaders in business, community service, arts, and entertainment. She has also been honored as an Ambassador of Goodwill by the HiFi (Historic Filipinotown) Neighborhood Council. This title is bestowed to carefully selected Filipino-Americans who are persons of integrity who have the ability “to promote, reach out, influence and mobilize public interest and support of the ideals, values, principles, and programs of the Historic Filipinotown.
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