Best Exercises For Seniors

As we age, it becomes even more important that we keep fit and limber with a healthy lifestyle which includes exercising regularly. Muscles that are not regularly engaged as we grow older have the risk of developing sarcopenia. Sarcopenia refers to muscle loss as well as loss of strength. The exercises that we engage in should however be safe and strength appropriate.

Here are a few of the best exercises for seniors:

    • Balance exercises:
      • Bouncing on an exercise rebounder, preferably a high quality one like the Cellerciser (our recommended rebounder); Use a balance bar for added safety and support
      • Exercise balls
      • Alternate standing on one foot or the other routinely throughout the day
      • Sit and alight from a chair without using your arms

 

    • Endurance exercises:
      • Climbing up and down the stairs (use handrails for added support and safety)
      • Dancing: Your favourite dances can become part of your daily or weekly exercise routine
      • Walking: Whether fast or slow, the idea is to keep moving
      • Jogging
      • Performing tasks around the house like raking, sweeping, shoveling, et cetera
      • Riding a bicycle (mobile or stationary)
      • Swimming

 

    • Strengthening exercises:
      • Aqua aerobics
      • Lifting or pushing weights (according to personal abilities and capabilities)
      • Weights for the ankles and hands (can be store bought or homemade)
      • Resistance bands
      • Gym equipment

 

    • Stretching exercises:
      • Pretend reaches: Pretend you are reaching for something above, below, or beside you. This can be done while seated or standing.
      • Pilates
      • Yoga


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