One of the unfortunate facts of life is that the older you get, the less effective your body becomes. Activities that seemed simple when you were in your 20’s, such as hitting the gym for an intense workout or going for a high powered run, become a lot more difficult when you hit your 60’s. As a result, it becomes tempting to give up on exercise altogether once you reach this age.
However, exercising as you age is very important. Regular exercise has a long list of health benefits, many of which are even more beneficial to seniors. The list below outlines just some of the many senior specific health benefits of regular exercise:
- Regular exercise boosts your brain and helps to protect against a range of age related mental disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, depression and Parkinson’s disease.
- Regular exercise boosts your eyes and helps to protect against a range of age related vision disorders such as cataracts and glaucoma.
- Regular exercise boosts your heart and cardiovascular system which helps protect against heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.
- Regular exercise improves bone strength which helps protect against broken bones, fractures and osteoporosis.
- Regular exercise improves your balance which helps protect you from falls and the related injuries.
- Regular exercise improves your muscular strength and mobility which enhances your quality of life and allows you to perform daily tasks without assistance.
- Regular exercise protects against a range of chronic disease including cancer and diabetes.
Instead of giving up on exercise as you age, you just need to adapt your exercise routine. While lung busting 10 mile runs or lifting huge weights at the gym may no longer be a possibility, there are still plenty of low impact exercises you can try.
In this post I am going to help you adapt your routine by providing you with 25 low impact exercises for seniors. Each one of these exercises is gentle enough for you to perform without injury, but when performed regularly, will do wonders for your health.
As with all exercise programs, make sure you start slowly when doing these low impact exercises for the first time and then work up to a comfortable but challenging pace. Although they have been specifically chosen because they are low impact, injury is still a possibility if you don’t perform them correctly. Starting off slow, learning the form and then increasing the pace is a much better option than starting too fast, injuring yourself and then having to go a few weeks without exercise.
These low impact exercises are grouped as:
- 5 Balance Exercises for Seniors
- 5 Cardio Exercises
- 5 Circulation Exercises
- 5 Flexibility Exercises
- 5 Strength Exercises