As a person ages, their body goes through various changes. Strength and speed are not what they used to be. Fitness is very important, especially for those over the age of 50. The advantages your elderly loved one will experience when participating in regular exercise include improved levels of energy, better mobility, and increased circulation. This can also decrease physical pain and improve the overall aging appearance. Here are some awesome exercises that seniors are able to do for almost no cost and without having to leave their home and neighborhood to go to a gym.
- Cardio is a great way for older men and women to strengthen their bones, joints, and lungs. It’s healthy for them to safely increase their heart rate by going on long walks in the neighborhood. Be sure they wear comfortable shoes and don’t be afraid to use replacement soles to make them even more comfortable. Another great thing is that walking doesn’t require any equipment!
- Yoga is another great way to improve circulation and even trim a few inches from the waistline. Yoga is an ancient Indian discipline that requires physical, mental, and spiritual strength. Seniors can benefit with flexibility and learn how to control breathing. There are different levels, so one can go their own pace.
- Chair exercises are easy, fun ways to get exercise. Seniors can do exercises such as free weights or resistance bands. Free weights such as dumbbells come in different sizes and material. Using plastic dumbbells that are only a few pounds each, your loved one can add on a little more weight as they feel comfortable in doing so. If weights are not available, canned goods or jugs can be used. Resistance bands are a great way to get in some strength training. They take up very little to no space and are basically just a colorful giant rubber band. These can be used to work on biceps, back muscles and shoulders.
- Simple chores around the home can also be considered exercise. Some of them may be too strenuous for the elderly person, however. But just remember that exercise doesn’t have to be over-complicated. Just because a person is in their elder years doesn’t mean they have to live a sedentary lifestyle.
- Does your elderly loved one need assistance from someone in order to go outside in the fresh air and enjoy a daily walk? Do they need help in running the lawnmower, doing the laundry and mopping the floors? Do you worry about your loved one taking the time to prepare a nutritious meal? Perhaps it’s time to plan on getting some help. An elder care provider can come into your loved one’s home and help them with all the above chores and more.
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The Keep Fit and Moving Membership is based on the DVD of the same name and brings you the exercises you need to Stand Tall, Don't Fall. Choose a variety of exercise to do each day to keep your workout fresh.