When Should Your Senior Avoid Exercising?
As helpful as exercise is, there are some situations in which your aging adult might be better off taking some time away from her workout. Here are just a few of those situations that can lead to some rest time rather than exercise time.
Her Doctor Tells Her to Stop.
If your senior’s doctor tells her to give exercise a rest, that’s exactly what he means. There can be an amazing variety of reasons that your elderly family member needs to stop exercising for a little while and all of them are important. If you’re ever in doubt about whether exercise is alright, clear it with her doctor.
She’s Experiencing New Symptoms.
New symptoms can mean that your elderly family member is experiencing a downturn in her health. They can also be completely innocuous, depending on the symptom. But until your senior checks in with her doctor, she may not be able to tell the difference and that might bode badly for her exercise routine. It never hurts to get her doctor’s opinion.
Recent surgeries mean that your aging adult is not at full strength and may need to either modify or completely stop exercising for a while. This depends on her current health, the type of surgery, and the prognosis for after the surgery.
Significant Eye Problems.
Eye problems don’t just interfere with your senior’s ability to see, they can also interfere with how well she can move when she’s trying to exercise. Exercising without being able to see properly can make your elderly family member more susceptible to losing her balance and falling, which is never good.
A fever is how your senior’s body responds to some types of bacteria and viruses. It is how the body tries to fight off infections. If your senior has a fever, exercising may not be the best idea. Fever can weaken your elderly family member, increasing her risk of falling.
Any other major symptoms or ailments that cause your senior significant trouble should also be a cause for taking a break from working out. Always talk to your elderly family member’s doctor about exercise when you’re in doubt.