Whether you’re interested in preventing a wide range of health concerns, getting a better night’s sleep or improving your day-to-day mood, exercise is a great place to start. Regular exercise is important for everyone, regardless of how old you are, but for seniors, it’s especially important to make it a point to get in at least a little movement every single day. Learn about the benefits of exercising for seniors in our last blog series! But, how do you get the exercise you need when you can no longer lift weights or run a marathon? There are lots of exercise types that are friendly for seniors, and in Part 1 of this series, we went over a few of them. Keep reading to learn more exercises that can help you stay active as you age:
Who says you have to go to a stuffy gym in order to enjoy the benefits of exercising? Dancing is actually an incredible workout, and best of all, it’s a ton of fun! Many different studies have shown that when older adults engage in any style of dancing, it helps to improve strength, endurance, balance and more. Plus, unlike many other types of exercise, dancing is a social activity, and it gives you a chance to meet new people and make new friends.
When people think of yoga, they often imagine lean, muscle-bound individuals standing on their heads or holding themselves up by a toe, or something equally as crazy. However, there are lots of ways to practice yoga, and even if you aren’t performing any advanced or overly complicated poses, you can still experience the many benefits of practicing yoga. Yoga can help to build strong muscles, enhance balance, increase flexibility and help you stay mobile for a lot longer. Even better, yoga is a low-impact activity that won’t be too hard on your joints.
Like yoga, Pilates is a low-impact workout, so if you have sore joints, it might be a good option for you. The focus of Pilates is on core strength and stability, which are both important things for seniors to concentrate on, as balance can diminish with age and lead to falls. Plus, Pilates is appropriate for people of all fitness levels, so you don’t have to train or build muscle in order to start doing it and benefiting from it.
Strength training is important for seniors for a number of reasons. It helps to build muscle, prevent bone loss and improve balance and stability, just to name a few. However, you don’t have to start lifting weights in order to build strength. There are lots of strength training exercises that have nothing to do with lifting weights, including resistance band training. Resistance bands are affordable and easy to use, and they allow you to do a range of exercises that you may not be able to perform with body weight exercises. And, with resistance bands, you don’t need to go to a gym in order to experience the benefits.
Exercise is important for your quality of life as you age, and luckily, these are just a few of the many types of exercises you can do, even if you’re new to exercising. Please make sure that, before you start doing any new exercises, you talk to your doctor to make sure that it’s safe for you.
If you or a loved one want to start becoming more active, and you’re looking for the right senior care option, you’ll be glad to know that many senior care options promote activity in seniors, including in-home care, assisted living facilities, retirement communities and adult day health care programs. Let us help you find the right option. Contact us today.