Seniors – Low Impact Exercise to Keep You In Shape

Seniors who remain fit and active live longer, happier and healthier lives. Seniors need to understand that their age does not need to limit them from enjoying their favorite activities. National Senior Health and Fitness Day is coming up on May 31. This day is the perfect day to learn about how you can remain physically fit and healthy at any age. Some seniors have been running, jogging, playing tennis or playing golf for many years, while others have not remained active as they have aged. Luckily, there are several low-impact activities that seniors can do that do not put too much strain on their joints.

If you suffer from mobility problems or arthritis, you should begin doing low-impact activities before you begin participating in more demanding activities. However, you should know that not all exercises that are joint-friendly offer bone-health benefits. As you begin will begin building your endurance and muscles, your heart will work harder and get healthier, your balance, flexibility, coordination will increase, which will help lower your risk of injuries and reduce the risk of falls.

Here are some bone strengthening exercises for you to try:

  • Gentle strength training exercises
  • Cycling
  • Walking
  • Water aerobics
  • Swimming
  • Tai Chi
  • Pilates
  • Yoga

To maximize the effectiveness of your workouts, you should mix up your workouts to ensure that you work all your joints and muscle groups. Mixing up your workouts will keep you from becoming bored with your activities. Contact your local gym or recreational center to see if they offer any senior exercise classes. Joining one of these can help ensure that you get the support and guidance that you need to safely and correctly perform exercises.

If you do not enjoy going to the gym, you can easily work out at home. Exercises like leg stands and squats will help improve your balance and strengthen your muscles. You can use soup cans or water bottles as light weights for your arm workout. There are also several workouts videos online or on DVDs that can keep seniors in shape. These include tai chi, yoga, Pilates and more.

Another option is exercising with a friend. Exercising with a friend will help keep you motivated. You and your friend will be able to hold each other accountable and give you someone to socialize with when you work out. Grab a friend and join a yoga class or a water aerobics class at your local gym or schedule a time that you can go for a walk or do some yoga together.

It is never too late to get moving. When you begin working out, start slowly using simple exercises for a short amount of time. Over time, you can increase your workout times and begin doing more challenging exercises. One of the easiest exercises, to begin with, is walking. Walking can be done anywhere and at any time. As you continue exercising, you will notice that you are stronger, have more endurance, have improved mobility and are more stable on your feet. Today is the beginning of the rest of your life. Start by checking out programs and activities that are senior-friendly in your area and choose to improve your overall health and well-being.

If you suffer from mobility issues or are afraid of falling, an in-home caregiver will help address your needs and allow you to improve your overall health and well-being. The in-home caregiver can help with meal preparations, errands, light housekeeping and more. They will provide you with companionship and other activities. Contact us today at (847) 730-5930 for your complimentary consultation.

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