Well all know that physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but it can challenging to motivate your residents to get up and get moving. Here are a few tips adapted from Go4Life, a fitness initiative from the National Institute on Aging:
Help people fit physical activity into a busy life.
- Offer physical activities at a variety of times that work with your resident’s schedule and preference
- Offer shorter activities, such as 15-30 minutes as well as hour-long classes or programs.
Create an empowering atmosphere.
- Make sure that staff cultivate a supportive and encouraging atmosphere.
- Make sure that staff who lead programs are experienced and knowledgeable.
- Offer modified options, such as chair exercises, for those living with chronic conditions
Make physical activity fun.
- Residents will want to be active if it’s fun. Cultivate the social aspects of your physical activity programs. Offer group activities. Encourage people to bring a friend or family member.
- Have your program leaders mix up their offerings so participants don’t get bored.
- Invite guest trainers once or twice month
Important note: Always physician recommendations regarding physical activity and exercise.