Posted on Mar 04, 2013
We all know that lazy feeling you get when it’s cold outside. It’s so much easier just to hide under a blanket and curl up with the remote control than to go out and face the frigid weather. Luckily, spring is on its way and it’s time to get your senior loved ones springing into action! Maintaining a physical lifestyle is one of the most important steps to maintaining a healthy life.
- Spring has sprung. It’s time to fight the winter blues and take the fun outdoors. Check out some local outdoor activities for you and your aging loved ones. Try taking a walk around Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. The park’s waterfall is the most active in the spring, fueled by melting snow. Looking to stay a little closer to home? It’s never too early to get outside and start planning your garden. Begin clearing space and thinking about how you will arrange your plants. The first step is to get off the couch, out the door, and moving!
- Remember your audience. Our aging loved ones may not be able to do as much physical activity as we are. It’s important to pay attention to their body language to make sure you are not pushing them too hard. Take breaks as needed. Many local parks have benches and picnic areas which make for great resting places!
- Mix it up. One of the keys to helping clients improve memory retention is to avoid the same routine. It’s important to fuel the brain by throwing in a different step every now and then. If your client likes to take walks through the park, try taking a different path and seeing different views. If you client likes to walk around the mall, try getting out to some local yard sales instead. Spring time is yard sale season in Minnesota and it’s a great time to get some fresh air while finding great deals! Look for neighborhood sales-which are a great way to squeeze in some exercise while walking from house to house.
It’s a marathon, not a race. Remember, you don’t have to rush into outdoor activities. Just a few minutes of fresh air is better than none at all-so don’t worry if your aging loved one isn’t immediately interested it hitting the great outdoors.
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