Home Care Solutions Help Prevent Obesity in Seniors
According to many statistics, the United States is one of the most obese countries in the world. There have been multiple efforts to encourage healthy diets and exercise, but it still remains a big issue. Recent estimates actually peg one-third of U.S. adults as being obese. Home care solutions can assist your loved one in maintaining a healthy weight, helping them live their best life.
Obesity can be measured by the Body Mass Index (known as BMI), which determines body fat relative to height and weight. An average BMI will be between 19 – 25, while 30 or above is considered obese.
A high BMI can result in a greater risk of developing diseases like hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. The extra weight can also limit mobility and result in a lack of physical activity due to the stress on joints.
Obesity Prevention for Seniors
While obesity is a concern for all ages at home care solutions, that concern is twofold for seniors. Fortunately, obesity prevention is entirely possible for seniors if they make the necessary lifestyle changes. Your loved one should check with his or her doctor before making any major lifestyle changes.
- Healthy Diet – Keeping an eye on calories and portions is important, but so is proper nutrition. Eating fruits and vegetables instead of unhealthy foods is a good start to keep excess weight off.
- Daily Exercise – Your loved one should do exercises that burn as many calories as possible, but that doesn’t mean they have to be intense. Aerobic exercises like walking or swimming are good ways to raise heart rate and burn calories without being overly intensive.
- Strength Training – Using free weights for 20 minutes, multiple times each week will allow your loved one to take advantage of the fact that muscle tissue burns calories more quickly than fat tissue. Joining a class at a local gym or YMCA might be beneficial as well.
The health and well-being of your loved one are paramount and should be treated as such. Making any one of these lifestyle changes can help your loved one prevent obesity and drop weight, paving the way for a better tomorrow.
Let Comfort Keepers® Assist You With Home Care in Waukesha, WI
We at Comfort Keepers in Milwaukee, WI know that dealing with your loved one may not always be easy, and that’s why we’re here to help. Our professional home caregivers are trained and qualified to help your loved one any way they can. This can be encouraging your loved one to stick to an exercise routine or meal planning. Either way, they are there to help.
Visit our website www.comfortkeepers.com/se-wisconsin or contact us at (414) 209-5808 to learn more about how Comfort Keepers® home care solutions can assist your loved one with obesity prevention or other areas of need.