Safe Exercise Options for Seniors.

Exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, especially for seniors.

It can improve our mood, make us feel more independent, prevent disease, and even improve brain function.

While there may be some activities your body no longer feels comfortable with – such as long-distance running or heavy weight-lifting, you don’t have to give up exercise altogether!

Here are some of the safest exercise options for seniors, so you can keep moving and feeling great.

Water Aerobics

Water aerobics is a great form of exercise. It’s not only fun, but it can also be a pretty challenging workout!

It’s great for your joints, as the water eases any pressure that may otherwise cause pain. This means it’s good for those with arthritis, as there is minimal stress being put on the body. Working with water resistance instead of heavy weights is a much safer option. It’s a great way to maintain muscle and strength, and improve balance.

If you need assistance with transportation to be able to attend a water aerobics class, funding for transport may be included as part of your Home Care Package or NDIS plan.

Pilates

Pilates is another great option, especially if you suffer from joint pain, as it is very low-impact. Pilates can also be done without any equipment, so there’s no need for weights or anything fancy. The only item you may need is a mat. This makes it an accessible option for those who don’t have access to a gym or fitness classes. These days you can find many free instructional classes online. Pilates is a great option that can be done anywhere at low to no cost. It helps improve core-strength, with a focus on alignment and breathing.

Safe Exercise for seniors

Walking

The most accessible exercise for most of us, walking can be done anywhere. The best part is, walking doesn’t require any gym or equipment! You can do it by yourself, with a friend, or in groups. And, you can set your own pace to suit your fitness level. Walking shouldn’t be underestimated for its health benefits, some of which include lowering the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Body-weight exercises

While exercising with heavy weights is generally not recommended for seniors, body-weight exercises are a great alternative. Muscle loss is a common problem that can occur with ageing. By doing some simple body-weight workouts that require no equipment at all, you can help prevent serious muscle loss. This is another great low-cost option, as there are plenty of free online resources that you can access. You can also find a body-weight workout to suit you.

It’s always best to consult your doctor before starting any type of training or exercise plan, to can avoid any injuries and stay healthy and active well into the future!