It is tough growing older. As we age, the body starts to slow down in every way imaginable. Activities we once did with ease a few years ago are now a struggle. But it is important to get up and keep moving. It is vital to your health to spend at least a small part of the day up and about. Whether it’s walking, exercising, going to the store, or walking a pet.
Why do I need to keep moving?
The body functions best when it has a healthy balance of movement and rest. Constant movement will fatigue the body, and rest will help it recover. But too much rest and not enough movement can be detrimental to your health. Serious conditions can occur from resting in bed for too long. Bed sores are a common issue among the elderly who are unable to get up daily. If you are unable to get up on your own, it is important to have a family member or aide assist moving you at least a little each day. A more serious health concern is a pulmonary embolism. These are caused by lack of movement in the legs. A blood clot will form and if not treated soon, can reach the lungs where it becomes dangerous.
We are not trying to scare you! We want to do just the opposite: motivate. We hope the health concerns above will help motivate you to get moving each day. The risk of the issues above does grow with other underlying conditions, but it’s important not to let it get that far.
How do I keep moving?
Although you may not feel ready to get up and move about, it is important you do. Having a nurse or home health aide assist you once or twice a day to get up and walk around can dramatically reduce your risk for health issues. Your muscles will grow more and more weak as you continue to not use them. So it is necessary to move, stretch, and try to exercise if possible. If you are not very comfortable standing to exercise, a good alternative is to try pool exercise.
No matter how you do it, we want you to keep healthy and keep moving!