Home Care Blog>In Home Care | February 15, 2020
Daily physical activity is important for anyone’s health, but it’s especially important for seniors. Low impact exercise is great for the heart and for the mind. As we get older, our mobility and strength lessens; however, that doesn’t mean there aren’t lost of great low impact exercises out there. In fact, many of these exercises can be done at home. Whether it’s walking, yoga, or dancing, seniors should talk to their doctor before starting a new exercise routine.
Walking – Walking is one of the best low impact exercises. You can walk for as long or as short as you want, and as fast or as slow. Bringing a friend along or walking a dog are great ways to make walking even better.
Yoga – Gentle yoga is a great way to build strength and flexibility. You can go at your own pace and there are often modifications for poses if you’re not quite ready for one. It’s relaxing and a good way to refocus, too.
Pilates – Pilates focuses on small movements that strengthen the core and align the spine. This makes it great for seniors who may need to build up core strength.
Swimming – There’s a reason why water aerobics is so popular in senior communities. Not only is it fun, but it’s low impact and easy on the joints.
Cycling – Cycling can be a great low impact exercise. Hop on a bike and pedal at a comfortable pace.
TRX – TRX is a form of resistance training that uses suspension straps to pull or push your bodyweight. It’s a great way to build muscle and get extra stabilization for exercises like squats.
Tai Chi – Tai Chi is a slow, gentle workout that focuses on balancing and coordination. It’s a great way to build strength, and even prevent falls.
At Comfort Keepers, we care about the happiness and health of our seniors. Our caregivers will create a personalized plan for your loved one that can include daily exercise. Whether your loved one wants to walk their dog or go to a yoga class, our caregivers can encourage and help them make it happen.