Physical activity is one of the essential parts of a person’s health. However, as a person ages, many exercises become more difficult and even impossible. But, it doesn’t become less important to stay physically active. So, in this blog, we’ll outline 5 of the best exercises that seniors can do at home.
Regular yoga can be difficult for many people. But, chair yoga offers a more accessible alternative that anybody can enjoy! It’s also a low-impact form of exercise, so it’s ideal for people who want to focus on muscle strength, flexibility, and balance. Chair yoga is also an effective method of improving one’s mental health, so that’s a beautiful benefit, too!
Muscle loss can be debilitating for aging adults. So, one of the most effective ways to avoid muscle loss is through simple bodyweight workouts. As long as you make sure you don’t push yourself too hard and remain safe, your body weight is one of the best things you can have while exercising! Some examples of bodyweight exercises that are ideal for seniors include squats to a chair, step-ups, modified pushups (pushups against an elevated surface like a countertop), and glute bridges.
Resistance Band Exercises
If you’re interested in some exercises that involve more resistance, I’d recommend resistance bands! Apart from their relative affordability, they’re also incredibly versatile. You can use resistance bands for a wide range of exercises, including leg presses, bicep curls, tricep presses, and more. So, if you feel your body can handle some resistance, resistance bands can be a great form of exercise!
Now that the weather is warming up, going for short walks around the neighborhood is becoming an accessible option again. If you’re able to leave the house for a short time and walking sounds like a safe and enjoyable form of exercise for you, it can be one of the best ways to get a workout!
Although it is similar to yoga, pilates has some key differences. This exercise utilizes specific tools like mats, pilates balls, and other accessories. Pilates is a very popular exercise that helps improve breathing, balance, and core strength. Not to mention, pilates can be a lot of fun!
I hope this list has given you some ideas for exercises you and your loved ones can do at home. Physical activity is essential for a healthy lifestyle, so we hope you feel encouraged to put these to practice! If you’d like to learn how hospice patients can benefit from physical therapy, check out this blog!