Certain exercises may cause more harm then good, particularly if you have had health challenges. People recovering from injury, people just starting to get back into shape or older adults may want to consider a lighter exercise routine that still has tremendous value. Read this article for a quick source of enjoyable, yet beneficial workout routines.
Staying active can keep you feeling and looking your best — at every stage of your life. An active lifestyle is especially important for senior health because regular exercise can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer, and it can also reduce pain associated with arthritis. By improving balance, flexibility, endurance, and strength, older adults can stay healthier longer. Just remember to check with your doctor before beginning a new exercise program. In addition to the physical benefits, exercise provides great mental benefits as well. The best part? You can do these workouts at home!
In this video, Go4Life fitness instructor Sandy Magrath leads older adults through a workout featuring a warm up, strength, flexibility and balance exercises, and a cool down. Equipment needed: A stable chair, a towel, and light hand weights or evenly weighted objects.
MUVE Moments invite audiences to spontaneously dance along in front of their TV or computer screens, to be more active at home and get a break from sedentary activities. The easy dance workout needs no memorization. In this senior fitness video, we are “in the flow of the music,” enjoying simple moves while sitting on a chair.
What if you hate to exercise? Then try these innovative activities to get you motivated and healthy!
- Listen to music or an audiobook while lifting weights.
- Window shopping while walking laps at the mall.
- Get competitive while playing tennis.
- Take photographs on a nature hike. (See our hiking blog hikes in the Los Angeles area)
- Meet new people at a yoga class or fitness center.
- Watch a favorite movie or TV show while on the treadmill.
- Instead of chatting with a friend over coffee, chat while walking, stretching, or strength training.
- Walk the golf course instead of using a cart.
- Walk or play fetch with a dog. If you don’t own a dog, offer to take a neighbor’s dog for a walk or volunteer at a pet shelter or rescue group.
- Go for a run, walk, or cycle when you’re feeling stressed—see how much better you feel afterwards.
- Find an exercise buddy, someone whose company you really enjoy, and try activities you’ve never tried before—you may find something you love. At worst, you’ve spent time with a good friend.