Seniors benefit most from low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming, Yoga, and Pilates. Low-impact exercises are gentle on the joints and body and lessens the risk of exercise related injuries. Exercises that are low-impact can also help strengthen the muscles around the joints that help to build stability. Exercise machines can also be utilized such as an elliptical trainer or an indoor rowing machine to complete a low-impact cardio training session. Some of the popular Dance Fitness classes are low- impact and fun for seniors to participate in.
Functional fitness exercises can be used by seniors to help them improve their daily lives and daily routines. Functional fitness is important for seniors and usually mimics daily skills such as sitting, getting up from a seated position, and climbing stairs. Strengthening these skills can help improve their daily life and make daily tasks easier for them. Light weights can be used for upper body functional fitness to mimic the motions of lifting and can help support healthy muscle tone in addition to helping to preserve healthy bone mass.
Fitness for many seniors doubles as social time. They are able to get out and about to invest in improving their physical health, and socializing with others. Accountability is important so that an exercise program can be done consistently for maximum health benefits. Having a friend or friends to work out with is perfect for fitness accountability. Working out has been linked to improving balance for seniors and improving brain power. Don’t let a number hold you back from achieving your personal fitness goals! Modify your fitness options for seniors for better overall health and physical independence.
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