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!

  1. 20-minute Sample Workout for Older Adults from Go4Life

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.

  1. Dance Along Workout for Seniors and Elderly – Low Impact Dance Exercise on Chairs

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.

  1. Senior core and cardio exercises 55+ (TV host Curtis Adams)
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.

 

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Pamela

Pamela Liquigan has been working in the home care industry for many years. She’s observed firsthand how challenging it can be for the elderly to not get the right support they really need and understand the options they have so they can have the peace of mind that everything will be more than just okay. She is an advocate for each patient in the senior communities. She’s passionate and compassionate to provide encouragement and to be the voice for each individual. She uses her expertise, her knowledge and her resources to suggest specific, personalized options for care, along with detailed information about the processes and next steps while working closely with everyone involved in the care of the patient. She is involved in the community regularly and continues to strive so all of the elderly can get what they need when they need it most so they can have the freedom and independence to focus on the activities they love and live a life they envision.

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