Easy Ways for Seniors to Exercise
Only about 28%-34% of people aged 65-74 are physically active. Exercise is essential for good health, but it can be risky if not performed properly. Use these exercises to encourage seniors to stay healthy.
Without physical activity, seniors are at greater risk of health problems like heart disease. Their bones are more fragile and their blood pressure is higher. A number of other problems can result from lack of activity. That’s why seniors should use safe, easy exercises to stay fit.
Simple Indoor Exercises
Exercising indoors tends to be safer for seniors than outdoors. It is important to ensure movements are gentle and can be adapted for different limitations so as to not over-exert aging hearts, muscles, and bones.
Great indoor exercises include:
- Climbing steps
- Indoor swimming
- Balance exercises (while holding something stable)
- Light bodyweight exercises like squats
Since seniors are at risk of injury (especially from overuse) when exercising, it is best for seniors to learn and practice exercises with the help of an instructor or personal trainer. Performing exercises like these with a group can also make staying active more fun.
(Sources: CDC.gov, HHS.gov, Medicare.org)