Everyone needs exercise, and as we age, staying physically active improves our overall health. Better muscle strength and flexibility helps prevent falls and keeps your spine supported, and increased blood flow helps organs work more efficiently. Many seniors think that their mobility issues or health conditions prevent them from working out. But there are plenty of healthy exercises that can keep you in great shape so you can stay active.
Always speak with your doctor before starting any new exercise program to see if they are safe for you, but these options can be great workouts for many seniors:
Walking. One of the easiest forms of exercise is just getting out and walking, and studies continue to show that it’s a great option for seniors. Regular walks lower your risk of chronic diseases, and they can even give you a social outlet if you walk with friends. Choose a safe path or another area near your home for your daily walks.
Water aerobics. Working out underwater can be especially helpful for those with joint pain, and water even gives you a gentle resistance for more effective exercise. Check out local pools to see if they offer senior water aerobics classes.
Chair yoga. Yoga is a very beneficial form of exercise, but some seniors may find traditional yoga to be difficult. Chair yoga provides many of the same benefits without stress on the joints, and many senior centers offer regular chair yoga sessions.
Resistance band workouts. Gentle workouts with resistance bands can help improve posture and flexibility. As with any resistance workout, it’s important to have a professional trainer help you develop a program and ensure that you’re using the proper form, so look to local gyms for help.
Regular exercise is a crucial part of a healthy senior lifestyle. At Ashbridge Manor Senior Living, we developed our senior apartments and amenities to support a healthy senior lifestyle in a friendly community, including a walking path, pool, and fitness center for convenient, regular workouts. When it’s time to transition to a senior living facility, connect with us at 971 E. Lancaster Avenue in Downingtown, PA, call 610.269.8800, or contact us online for more information. Ask us about our move-in special! Ashbridge Manor is a safe, COVID-free senior living community.