Can I turn my parents from couch potatoes into spring chickens?
July 2, 2007 8:00 AM Subscribe
Both my parents are mad, Scottish and retired. They're 65 and 68, and weren't brought up in a culture of exercise. Now that they don't have a dog, they're terrifyingly sedentary. When I bring up the subject of exercise they either get defensive, or blow it off as something that crazy Americans do. How can I get them into some sort of vaguely regular exercise routine?
posted by forallmankind to human relations (30 answers total)
My brother and I have been trying to convince them to get another dog, but because they don't have any momentum in their lives they just endlessly talk about it, and never do it. I've been thinking that maybe I could get them a treadmill and they could walk and watch TV at the same time. This would also mean that they couldn't activate their favorite excuse - the terrible weather. I also thought maybe some statistics showing that active elderly people live longer might be useful. Any other ideas? (btw, their diet is also teh suck, but that'll *never* going to change. Oh, and I live in a different country so I can't just turn up with a puppy). And yes, I am aware of the failure rate of what I'm trying to do - but I gotta try, right?