Exercises for the Elderly

As you age, exercising can become a bit more difficult.  You have to face reality at some point.  Your body is not as capable as it once was when you become older.  If you are a part of the older generation, the following tips for exercising will be helpful for you.  As with anything, you will want to consult your doctor before you begin any new exercise routine to make sure that you are physically fit and able to complete them.
Exercises for the Elderly

Here are a few exercises especially for senior citizens:

  • Water aerobics. This is a popular exercise among the elderly.  Designed for low impact but high cardio, water aerobics can help keep you in shape.  Many elderly enjoy water aerobics because it is often done in groups.  It keeps the body and mind physically active.
  • Walking groups.  Walking is a great physical activity for any age.  Regardless of how old you are, if you can walk, you can get in a great workout.  Consider forming a walking group that meets early in the morning or late in the evenings.  Help keep each other motivated and receive the great benefits of daily walking.
  • Low impact machines.  Exercises for the elderly do not have to be limited to activities done in groups.  There are several machines that can be great for older people to use. These include treadmills, elliptical trainers, exercise bikes, etc.  Many elderly people have this type of equipment in their homes and use it to stay in shape.
  • Increasing daily activity.  As people age, they become increasingly sedentary.  Many elderly get in a good daily workout just by increasing their daily movement.  Spending an extra out shopping as opposed to sitting on the couch will have great benefits for one who tends to “sit” the majority of the day.  Find an activity that you enjoy and spend time moving around!

It is highly recommended that everyone gets in at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.  This does not exclude the elderly.  The more you exercise when you are older, the healthier you will be. Exercise is often the answer to many problems that older people face.  Take matters into your own hands and find a way to exercise daily.  Use the exercises for the elderly above to help you get started.  Exercising can improve your life. Will you allow it to improve yours?