My mom loves to exercise, but I'm worried that she's going to overdo it. How much exercise is appropriate for someone over 80?

Asked by: Tami Rogers |Posted on: November,23 | Viewed: 463 times

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Thank you for your question, and we understand the concern. Falls are one of the leading causes of injury in older citizens, and too much exercise (especially outdoors) can increase this risk. 


Try having an open conversation with your mother about her goals and expectations for fitness as she ages. Try to understand where she is coming from and appeal to her emotions. For example, you could tell her that you feel worried about her falling and getting hurt, or that you would prefer she went to a gym where she can be supervised by staff members. Search online to see if there are any exercise classes she may be interested in, and present them to her as alternative options to her regular exercise routine. 

Depending on her overall health, she should be able to work out (doing light cardio or light weightlifting) 2-3 times per week. If she wants to stay more active than that, offer to bring her to a yoga class or sign the two of you up for a charity walk on the weekend. This is a great opportunity for you to gain peace of mind and spend more quality time with your Mom. 

She's lucky to have someone so caring by her side!


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Tami Rogers is a mom, award winning writer, passionate chef, blogger and frequent contributor to Seniorly and other sites dedicated to seniors and aging well. She also writes for parenting magazines and websites focused on the emotional well being of teens.


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