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.

WALKING

CLIMBING STEPS

INDOOR SWIMMING

BALANCE EXERCISES

BODYWEIGHT EXERCISES

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.

Best Seated Exercises

For seniors who have balance issues or other physical limitations, seated exercises are the safest way to stay active. Try these seated
exercises and stretches:

CHAIR EXERCISES FOR SENIORS

Single leg calf raises

Sit and stand motions

Seated hip marches

Seated torso twists

Arm circles

Ankle and wrist rolls

To keep bones and muscles strong, seniors can add light weights to these exercises. Weights that can be strapped on their wrists or ankles are the safest options.

Don’t Forget to Exercise These Body Parts!

SENIOR EXERCISESThere’s more to the body than major muscle groups. Seniors can stay healthy by exercising the following overlooked body parts as well:
• Eyes
• Brain
• Fingers
• Wrists
Keeping these body parts active may involve reading, memorizing new things, or even using small devices to increase finger strength and dexterity. While these exercises might not improve heart health, they can help seniors maintain skills and abilities.

When seniors struggle with stiffness or diseases like arthritis, working out can seem intimidating and sound painful. However, exercise is a proven form of pain relief. Encourage seniors to get active in order to get better.