It’s normal to lose some muscle mass as we age. In fact, the average person can expect to lose 3 to 8 percent of muscle mass per decade after the age of 30!
Fortunately, there are things you can do to slow muscle loss and maintain as much strength as possible throughout your life. This includes lifestyle interventions like eating enough protein and exercising regularly. These interventions are especially important for seniors who are bedbound or sedentary due to prolonged hospitalizations or chronic illnesses like stroke.
If your loved one is bedbound due to an injury or illness, it’s important to help them stay moving as much as possible in order to minimize their risk of deconditioning. One simple way to do this is by helping them perform passive and active bed exercises. Keep reading to learn why bed exercises are important for bedbound or inactive seniors and which bed exercises are the best ones to perform on a daily basis.