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Senior Safety Tip No. 3: Exercise Safety

12:00am & Tips and Advice

Exercise is important for your overall well-being, doing so will release endorphins that improves positive emotion and self-esteem along with a string of long term health benefits. 

Working out is a different experience for everybody, which means there is no right or wrong time for you to get out and exercise. If you seem to have the most energy right when you wake up, that is when you set the schedule to work out. 

When exercising, try to get to the point where you feel a bit warm and slightly out of breath. This is a good indicator that you are exercising properly, but be careful, forcing the body without training will instead cause pain and can lead to unexpected injuries. Extreme discomfort, dizziness or nausea are not good signs, stop whenever they occur, pace yourself and take breaks when needed.

Now that you have an idea when is the best time to exercise and how you know if you are doing it properly, the next essential thing is to know where is the good place to exercise is. Making sure you’re exercising in the right spaces is important to help eliminate any possible injuries.

Because stairs are a usual part of the house, seniors sometimes easily judge that it is a good place to exercise on a daily basis. However, doing so especially when advanced in age, it can be dangerous. Exercising on the stairs can lead to trips, falls and other accidents. As a matter of fact, for seniors, 1 in 4 are estimated to fall each year, and as you get older the chance of falling increases. 

Stairs are meant for you to access all the levels of your home, not for exercising. You can try grabbing a chair if you have balance issues. Doing exercises like air-punches while sitting down can still raise your heart rate and give you the work out you need. If you feel the need to get out of the chair and move around, go outside for a walk, or walk laps around your house.

Exercises that are good for those with mobility issues, can be found here.

Please consult your doctor before making any significant changes to your diet or lifestyle.

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The Arthritis Foundation's Ease-of-Use Commendation

We are proud to be the very FIRST stairlift company to earn the Arthritis Foundation's Ease-of-Use Commendation. It is yet another effort that continues to prove that Acorn Stairlifts is a pioneer in the industry, always striving to stay ahead of the game, and to help our customers by providing the absolute best solution for their needs.

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