Many people think that a decrease in activity and a more sedentary lifestyle is inevitable for seniors and older adults. While an advanced condition, frailty or immobility may make activities of daily living more difficult, there are several simple ways that seniors can boost their energy levels and lead more active lifestyles. Here are a few options for easy energy boosters, recommended by Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior home care in Denton and Collin Counties.
- Go for a Walk – Exercising on a regular basis doesn’t mean the activity has to be extremely strenuous. Simple exercises such as walking outdoors, or even indoors at a local mall or shopping center, can give a senior’s body a boost of energy. Walking is known to awaken the body while relaxing one’s mind, and by moving your legs you’re able to increase your blood circulation and release good cholesterol into your blood.
- Participate in Water Exercises – Aquatic exercises such as swimming laps or simply walking through the water are other options for energy-boosting activities. Because they are considered low-impact exercises, seniors can easily accomplish them with minimal effort or when joint and back pain is an issue. Aquatic activities also help with flexibility, strength and balance, helping seniors minimize their risk for falls or slips.
- Try New Crafts & Hobbies – Keeping your mind active is another great energy booster. By taking on a new hobby such as reading, gardening or crafting, you are learning something new and allowing your brain to remain active. Hobbies also allow seniors to socialize with others, breaking them away from the isolation of being alone.
- Eat a Balanced Breakfast – As a live-in care provider, we know that increasing a senior’s energy levels starts with eating the right foods, especially at breakfast time. A healthy breakfast that includes protein and the complex carbohydrates can give your body the right wake up to get through the rest of the day. Foods to avoid include sugars, excessive breads and pastas, and caffeine. While they may be good for quick pick-me-ups, in the long run, they will slow you down.
- Take Vitamins & Supplements – Finally, you can maximize your energy with a few vitamins and supplements that provide nutrients that may not be found in your diet. Herbal supplements and amino acids are great for energy and alertness. However, seniors should consult with their doctor or primary care physician before adding any new vitamin or supplement into their regular routines in case of dangerous food/drug interactions.
If you or an aging loved one are not as active as you would like to be, seek in-home help from Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers serve seniors throughout Denton and Collin counties and provide help with meal preparation, physical exercises, personal care, medication reminders, transportation and much more. To learn more about our hourly care plans in Collin County and Denton County, please dial 972-468-6010 today and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation with a devoted Care Manager.