Easy Ways to Help Your Elderly Loved One Get More Exercise

Home Care in Noblesville, IN

Home-Care-in-Noblesville-INSometimes our elderly loved ones don’t get nearly as much exercise as they should. They don’t have to run a marathon, but moving even a little bit during the day can help a lot. Even if your loved one needs a little extra help, such as experienced elderly care providers who can teach her how to move more, she’ll benefit from every little bit of movement she does during the day. Always check with your elderly loved one’s doctor to make sure that exercise is okay for her.

Take Advantage of Commercial Breaks

Commercial breaks are a terrific time to do all sorts of things. They’re especially good for exercise breaks. The time is already limited by the fact that the show will come back on soon, so it’s not a long period of movement. Try encouraging your elderly loved one to do simple activities, such as leg lifts or arm curls, either without any weights or with something small, such as a soup can. If your elderly loved one is already more active, there are other things you can suggest, such as a walk around the house before the break ends or even a few yoga poses.

Start the Morning with Stretching

Sometimes morning is a tough time for anyone, but especially elderly loved ones, to get moving. The long night of not moving around a lot leaves muscles a little stiff and sore. If your elderly loved one starts the morning with a few gentle stretches, that can help to get her moving with less pain. Start with a few moves, and your loved one can always add more to her repertoire as she gets used to doing her stretches. This kind of start to the day may also make her feel more like being active during the rest of the day.

Add Some Steps to Everyday Activities

When your elderly loved one goes out to check the mail, or goes out to the garden, encourage her to add a few steps to the activity. Walking up and down the street for a few short minutes, even if it’s not that far, adds just a little bit more exercise to her day. Before she knows it, she may be ready to go on longer walks around the block. When the phone rings, that’s a good time to stand up and a do a few gentle stretches or even walk around the house. Even if the phone call only lasts a few minutes, that time spent up and walking around can help quite a bit.

Make sure you move with your elderly loved one, since the exercise can do good things for both of you.



The professionals at Great Care are available to talk with you and your family about all of your home care needs. Great Care is a non medical in-home care agency providing quality and affordable home care in Noblesville, IN and the surrounding areas. Call (317) 595-9933 for more information.

About Julie Sullivan

Julie Sullivan is the Owner at GreatCare of Indianapolis IN.
GreatCare is a licensed, personal services agency, providing in-home care services to the Indianapolis, Indiana and surrounding areas. We serve the personal health and daily care needs of seniors or individuals who prefer to stay at home, but require assistance with everyday activities, such as dressing, personal hygiene, meal preparation, laundry or errands. Our team of certified nurse aids and home health aids can provide you with personalized, in-home care services to meet your needs, including:
Daytime hourly in-home care
Temporary or post-hospital respite care
24-hour, around-the-clock home care
Morning and evening care
Overnight / Slumber care
In addition, we offer our Care Compass service, to assist in setting the course for the next stage in your loved ones life. We guide you through the currents of aging, and help you find your true north. Our licensed nurses, with experience in hospice and geriatric care, will help guide you through the complex and often sensitive journey of selecting an in-home care service, and will provide a smooth transition to a new way of life for your loved one, without the anxiety and fear.

Our current nursing and management team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the home healthcare services industry. All of our caregivers are bonded, insured and screened thoroughly, so you know you’ll be receiving the greatest care possible. That’s why we stand by our mission: to deliver the same, quality care we expect for ourselves and our loved ones.