Posted on Apr 3, 2020 in Senior Fitness
As COVID-19 sanctions keep us all inside our homes right now, many seniors will be finding it tough to get enough exercise in. Regular physical exercise for seniors can help boost your immune system, absolutely vital at a time like this. It is important to do everything you can do to help yourself stay healthy during these times.
Beyond boosting immunity, frequent physical exercise has the following benefits:
Despite all these advantages, 28% of all individuals over 50 are considered physical inactive by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). With fully 80% of the most restrictive chronic health conditions preventable or manageable with physical activity, this is disappointing.
With heart muscles and arteries stiffening, ligaments becoming less elastic, and your metabolism slowing down – this can lead to weight gain – there’s no time like the present for resetting routines.
We’ll break down a handful of highly effective exercises for seniors so you can use this period at home fruitfully while keeping your strength and mood up.
Remember: If you’ve let exercising slide and you’re looking to re-engage in your golden years, it’s essential to consult your healthcare provider first. You should also only exercise within your personal comfortable limits.
Now, let’s get down to business…
You can also choose from several forms of low-impact cardio to keep fitness levels up at this challenging time.
If you’re still comfortable riding a bike and you’re able to get out and about, a short cycle is a wonderful way to keep fit while enjoying yourself at the same time.
Swimming is known as the best full body workout and you won’t jar or strain your joints while you take a dip.
If you want to take things further, water aerobics will help you build strength and conditioning with no impact on your joints. As an added bonus, you can perform this activity in shallow water so it doesn’t matter if you’re not a swimmer.
We hope you’ve got some useful pointers today on a few easy exercises for seniors so you can stay in shape throughout your golden years.
If you are interested in group fitness classes, along with some extra everyday assistance, contact one of our assisted living facility. We would be happy to help you choose the best accommodations for you so you feel right at home at Landmark Senior Living.