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What Kinds of Exercise Should a Loved-One with COPD Try?

Senior Care in Provo UT: Senior Exercise and COPD

Senior Care in Provo UT: Senior Exercise and COPD

Always check with your senior’s doctor to make sure that they are able to exercise before you and she jump into a new exercise program.  This is especially true if your loved-one has COPD and is getting started with an exercise plan to help her grow stronger.


If your aging adult isn’t already walking for exercise, it’s not too late.  All she needs is a pair of supportive shoes and a willingness to take her time. Your aging parent doesn’t even have to go outside.  Walking during commercial breaks can provide just enough of a workout on rainy days or for senior’s who really need to stay in a controlled environment.


Bicycles are low impact and they can really get your parent’s heart and lungs going.  If she’s not comfortable on a “real” bicycle, look into using a stationary bike.  She’ll still get a super workout, but she’ll also be able to take all the time she needs.

Tai Chi

Tai chi has been around for hundreds of years.  It’s technically a martial art, but it involves using slow, gentle movement in flow.  It’s a great type of exercise for people with COPD because it teaches breathing control.  This is also fantastic if your loved-one needs to learn how to relax.


Yoga is wonderful for helping your aging parent to stretch her muscles and joints without overpowering her heart and lungs.  Like tai chi, yoga can also help your senior family member to learn how to breathe in ways that keep her calm and help her to get the oxygen that her body needs.

Lifting Weights

Lifting weights might seem like an odd exercise for your elderly family member to take up, but you would be amazed what light weight lifting can do for them.  She’ll be able to pick up items much more easily, for starters, but having stronger muscles also enables her body to start using oxygen more efficiently.

Water Exercises

Exercise performed in water, whether it’s water aerobics or simply swimming, is wonderful for your senior.  There is zero impact to her joints and she doesn’t have to worry about falling.  The resistance from water also helps her to build muscles much more rapidly.
If transportation is a concern, consider hiring senior care providers to help out.  Your elderly family member can then focus on her workout without having to worry about anything else.


If you are considering hiring senior care in Provo, UT, please talk to the friendly staff at December Rose Senior Care at Home.
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Alan and Stephanie Jones, Owners

December Rose Senior Care is a local in-home care agency owned and operated by Alan and Stephanie Jones in Highland, Utah. While both Alan and Stephanie bring professional and practical experience to their business, it has been the fulfilling and educational aspects of assisting their parents through the aging process as well as raising their five children that encouraged them to start a personal care agency. In particular it was the humbling experience of caring for a special needs son and moving a parent from in-home care to assisted living that helped them realize there are many families who are caring for loved ones that need help. Their desire is to combine these experiences with over twenty years of medical sales and marketing, eleven years working with senior and elder populations among our Veterans and Native Americans, serving on multiple school boards and local legislative roles, to develop in-home care that exceeds expectations and honors seniors as the foundation of this country.
In their spare time, Alan and Stephanie are all about family and enjoy So. California beach vacations, watching their children’s sporting events, reading, participating in church and community activities, watching favorite shows together, participating in Boy Scouts, running and yoga.

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