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4 Ways For Seniors to Implement Light Exercise

Research shows there are so many health benefits to staying active, especially for seniors. 

Even when going outdoors isn’t an option, simple indoor exercises can reduce the risk of falls by improving balance. Plus, staying active helps improve bone density and lower the risk of chronic illnesses. It can even help with mental acuity.

Even if it’s just 30 minutes each day, implementing these activities can help seniors feel and function at their best. 

1: Gentle Yoga

Many yoga studios offer classes that are specialized for seniors, but even if you can’t attend an in-person class, there are dozens of free videos online that can help you practice gentle yoga at home.

According to yoga experts, practicing these mindful movements is extremely helpful with fall prevention by improving balance. 

In addition, the mindfulness aspect can help improve mental health by reducing stress and increasing mental acuity. 

One type of yoga that many seniors find appealing is called “chair yoga.” Even if sitting on the floor or standing for long periods is too difficult, this practice allows seniors to safely enjoy the benefits of yoga by completing the class while sitting in a chair, or using it as a balance aid. 

Yoga is frequently recommended to help improve mental health. If your loved one is struggling with the stress and anxiety associated with aging, practicing mindfulness can help. 

At Reflections, we understand how difficult it can be to stay mentally healthy. If someone you love could use some extra guidance, consider reaching out to one of our experienced counselors. 

2: Water Workouts

Water exercises like swimming or water aerobics are an excellent option for seniors who need to go easy on the joints. 

Getting a workout at an indoor pool has been shown to be an extremely effective way to get a full body workout without putting too much stress on bones and ligaments that may be susceptible to injury. 

Experts say getting your exercise in the pool can be a great way to improve heart health, socialize with friends, and build muscle strength. 

It can also be beneficial in improving mobility while recovering from an injury.

Whether it’s getting to class or finding videos online, Reflections understands that seniors could often use a helping hand. That’s why we offer a non-medical concierge service to provide assistance with daily activities. Contact our team of experts to learn more and find out if this is a good option for you. 

3: Weight Training

Although weight training may seem intimidating for some seniors, exercise experts say there are safe ways to incorporate it into your workout routine. 

According to studies, the benefits of senior weight training are endless. From stronger bones to better strength and reduced risk of fall injuries, this type of exercise is highly effective at improving overall health. 

When choosing what weight to use, experts say you should be able to complete 12 repetitions with only slight difficulty. 

If you’re not sure how to get started, it’s best to consult a professional. Otherwise, there are many weight lifting classes and online tutorials geared toward older adults who want to stay fit without leaving home.  

If the senior in your life is able to remain independent, but health concerns have you worried, an electronic care device could be the solution you’re looking for. Visit our website to find out if this option could work well for you.

4: Exercise Machines

Gyms have many exercise machines that are great for helping seniors stay active indoors. 

When it comes to aerobics, rowing machines, ellipticals, and incumbent bikes are good choices with low impact. Treadmills are also a good option for taking a walk when the weather isn’t favorable for going outside.

For those who have a favorite machine, some can even be purchased to use at home. 

Other items to consider keeping on hand for an at-home workout include resistance bands, a balance board, and a few dumbbells or wrist weights. 

Even without special equipment, there are exercise plans you can do at home that simply rely on body weight. Movements like wall pushups can provide a very effective workout. 

If you’re not sure how to get started, consider consulting a personal trainer who can create a routine that fits your specific needs.

At Reflections, our geriatric assessment service can help you gain a better understanding of what you need to stay healthy. When you’re ready, our team of experts can answer your questions and help you understand what type of exercise can work best for you. 

What’s Next?

No matter how you choose to keep your body in motion, the long list of benefits is clear. 

However, as we age, our ability level can quickly change. This can make finding ways to stay active tough. 

When you’re ready, our experts are here to help. Contact Reflections through our website to learn more and get started with reaching your health and fitness goals. 

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