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Exercise is essential to living a healthy lifestyle. This becomes especially important for our aging loved ones, as it adds years to life and life to years!
But it’s not always easy for seniors to find the strength and energy for regular exercise, especially when they have joint pain or mobility limitations. Conventional workouts aren’t always an option—so let’s take a look at some low-impact exercises that go easy on the joints!
Walking is the most basic of all exercises, and is a low impact way to get the blood pumping! Even our aging loved ones with some limited mobility can likely find the energy and time to get in a bit of walking each day.
Even if your loved one is out of shape or not up for walking around much, you can help him or her get into the habit of walking over a few weeks. Just getting up to walk for as little as 10 minutes a day can make a huge difference.
For seniors who rely on a wheelchair or walker, getting in even a short daily walk is not going to be the best option. Don’t let a lack of mobility discourage your loved one from getting the exercise that he or she needs—there are plenty of options for exercises that can be done from a chair!
Tone the muscles with some upper body chair exercises, designed to work well for most ranges of motion. Start the workout with some simple neck and arm stretches to warm up.
After a warm up, strengthen the arm muscles by using light weights to perform a seated row: draw the elbows back and squeeze the shoulder blades together, then extend the arms forward again. Repeat several sets of this exercise, and then cool down the triceps by doing some slow shoulder rolls next!
Finally, strengthen the core by doing some seated abdominal twists.
Swimming is famed for being a low-impact full body workout. To keep things fresh, your loved one can add some different swimming exercises to his or her water workout!
Seniors can strengthen their swimming propulsion and stretch their legs using a kick board or the side of the pool. Try quick and vigorous kicks or slow leg swings.
Limited leg movement? Try standing or treading water and doing arm circles, arm curls or chest flies. Enhance this exercise by including water weights!
Keeping your loved ones healthy and independent is our top priority at Executive Care of Montgomery County. Visit us online to learn more about our services!
Nutrition is an important thing for quality of life in our aging loved ones! But not everyone has the time or passion to spend a ton of time cooking. That’s where these easy, delicious and nutritious recipes come in!
Nobody should skip the most important meal of the day! There are plenty of fast ways to get all of the essential nutrients a balanced breakfast offers.
Start the day fast—and right—with a microwave-friendly banana split oatmeal. This healthy and versatile recipe is perfect for a sweet breakfast or healthy snack.
Looking for some savory fare? This delightful breakfast frittata comes together more quickly than you might think and serves two—or makes leftovers for the next day!
Salads are great for a fast and nutritionally dense lunch! These are perfect side dishes or can be paired with protein as meals on their own.
Try out a delicious and nutritious Chinese chicken cabbage salad! You can make it your own by swapping out the cabbage or chicken for greens or meat of your choice.
A classic three bean salad makes a great side dish for family gatherings, but can also be made the night before for a hearty lunch!
A Greek salad makes a great side dish for any lunch plan. It can also be a meal on its own with the addition of the meat of your choice.
Want some sweet fruit? Try out this low-calorie, nutritionally dense poppyseed fruit salad!
What’s easier than dinner made in one dish? These recipes are made the fastest with an instant pot or pressure cooker, but still provide big flavor for only a little effort!
Make this hearty beef stew for a filling dinner! This classic comfort food is easy to make and clean up in just one dish.
This one pot chicken teriyaki recipe makes lots to feed the family or have leftovers!
Spice things up for the vegetarians in your life with this one pot vegetarian chili!
Quality home care for your aging loved ones is our priority at Executive Care of Montgomery County. Visit our website to learn more about our services!
I’d like to convey to you how wonderful the aide Afia is for my mother’s care. She has been with her since last January and has become more than just a caregiver. She truly “cares” and is skillful in her abilities. My mom has had several health situations and her current health has improved to the best she has been in several years. Both her doctor and my family attribute a large part of that to Afia’s care. She is diligent about her diet and sleep patterns, and her “toileting” issues. All of this has contributed greatly to my mom’s overall improved health and her peace of mind as well as our family’s peace of mind. We cannot say enough about her. We are also very satisfied with Executive Care all the way around, from the billing department and everyone we speak with on the phone, very courteous and professional.Cindi E
It’s almost five years since we have been receiving caregivers through Executive Care, and I would like to take this transitional period to express our appreciation for the services you have provided thus far. We are particularly appreciative of the special attention and care Lili has given to our case. Lili has been very sensitive to our particular needs and it has been and remains important to us to have consistency in the arrangements by having Lili as our go-to person in light of Dr. E’s special needs. It is apparent that Lili has many other important responsibilities, so we wanted to thank Executive Care and Lili for the efforts she has made on our behalf.Judge Naomi E
I have had business dealings with Executive Care for some time now and have invariably been very satisfied. The personnel have been considerate, trustworthy, capable and always responsive. They have provided a genuine physical and emotional lift to the patient, in my case an elderly, frail sister. I do not hesitate to recommend the organization for the services rendered.Samuel S
At Executive Care, our mission is to improve quality of life for our clients and their families, while focusing on service excellence.
To be the Home Care company of choice for clients, their families, caregivers and our community.
What makes Executive Care unique is our devotion to client experience. At Executive Care, providing our clients with peace of mind is more than a corporate mission statement; it is the sole reason for doing what we do.