Easy Exercises For Seniors –
Exercise is a priority in my life but some days I just don’t feel like going to the gym. So I decided to try exercising at home on those days. I found some easy exercises for seniors that you can do at home that I think you will like.
Following are all the exercises that I do. Exercising in our 60’s is important as it helps us to stay active, live a longer and happier life and stay mentally alert. I can attest to that. 🙂
Statistics say fitness exercises for seniors will help hold back the aging process. Exercise helps with your balance, flexibility, and mobility. Exercise, along with walking has helped me with my osteoarthritis.
Senior Fitness Exercises
As we age, hormonal levels diminish and our skin, muscles, and bones begin to deteriorate. Yuk!! How often and how strenuous you make your exercise program depends on your personal needs, physically and in your daily lifestyle. Studies have shown that nothing works better to attain anti-aging effects than a regular exercise program. ‘Regular’ is the key word – unless your exercise program is consistent, the process won’t have the same effect.
There are three definitive types of exercises that are best suited for a senior fitness and exercise program:
Senior Exercise Ideas
Stretching exercises for senior citizens are important to beat the aging process because it helps with our flexibility. I love doing yoga. I’ve been to classes but find that I like doing my yoga at home, its quiet and I can move at my own pace. Yoga increases blood circulation and releases serotonin, which is a chemical produced by the brain and is necessary for overall health and well-being.
For me, Yoga is one of the best stretching exercises for seniors I found to date. When I began I used a video to get my routine down, now I roll out my mat, get my blocks out (these make it easier on your back for bending) and do the poses I want to do for that day.
Strength Building – These exercises will help build sturdiness and sustain bone mass. Your chances of having a debilitating injury are lessened as you build your muscle strength. Exercises to improve the muscles in your shoulders, back and legs will also help with hormone production. Free weights are great for strength training.
Aerobic exercises for seniors is designed to keep your heart healthy, aerobic exercises also help fight depression and keep your weight down. Running, brisk walking and any other exercise that will increase your heart rate for a sustained period of time release brain chemicals that produce hormones. Walking and Running are two great exercises for your cardiovascular part of your program.
Cardiovascular exercises also help with arthritis too. I walk every night with my dog and believe me there are many nights that I do feel like going but I do and I always feel better. I use to walk with a pedometer, now because of my grandchildren, I have a Fitbit.
Lifting weights and using resistance bands will help build sturdiness and sustain bone mass. Your chances of having a debilitating injury are lessened as you build your muscle strength. Exercises to improve the muscles in your shoulders, back and legs will also help with hormone production.
Free weights are great for strength training. I keep my bands and weights under my couch and if I haven’t had time for my workout I can do it at night when I watching TV.
Easy Exercises For Seniors To Do At Home Conclusion
Research has shown that there’s no particular time of the day when exercising is best, however, accidents seem to happen more often in morning hours – muscles and joints seem to be less flexible at that time.
Preferably, exercise when you aren’t too tired, but when you’ve been up and about for awhile. Mid afternoon seems to be a good time for most people to perform exercises without too much fear of injury.
I have included this youtube video that will help you in all three of these areas as part of your Senior Fitness and Exercise Program. Yes, I know the instructor is young but pace yourself, you can do this!! In the one part, instead of using a chair to step up on I used a step stool that was about half the height of the chair.
I might have been able to do the chair but decided to not take a chance on stepping that high, I did not want to lose my balance. Staying flexible is what it’s about. I love this guy’s enthusiasm for exercise and he has inspired me to step it up a bit. My goal is to be independent as long as possible.
P.S. Do you exercise regularly? I have this yoga tape also and I have these resistance bands.