Low-Impact Exercises for Everyone | Executive Care of Montgomery County
Exercise is essential to living a healthy lifestyle. This becomes especially important for our aging loved ones, as it adds years to life and life to years!
But it’s not always easy for seniors to find the strength and energy for regular exercise, especially when they have joint pain or mobility limitations. Conventional workouts aren’t always an option—so let’s take a look at some low-impact exercises that go easy on the joints!
Walking is the most basic of all exercises, and is a low impact way to get the blood pumping! Even our aging loved ones with some limited mobility can likely find the energy and time to get in a bit of walking each day.
Even if your loved one is out of shape or not up for walking around much, you can help him or her get into the habit of walking over a few weeks. Just getting up to walk for as little as 10 minutes a day can make a huge difference.
For seniors who rely on a wheelchair or walker, getting in even a short daily walk is not going to be the best option. Don’t let a lack of mobility discourage your loved one from getting the exercise that he or she needs—there are plenty of options for exercises that can be done from a chair!
Tone the muscles with some upper body chair exercises, designed to work well for most ranges of motion. Start the workout with some simple neck and arm stretches to warm up.
After a warm up, strengthen the arm muscles by using light weights to perform a seated row: draw the elbows back and squeeze the shoulder blades together, then extend the arms forward again. Repeat several sets of this exercise, and then cool down the triceps by doing some slow shoulder rolls next!
Finally, strengthen the core by doing some seated abdominal twists.
Swimming Pool Exercises
Swimming is famed for being a low-impact full body workout. To keep things fresh, your loved one can add some different swimming exercises to his or her water workout!
Seniors can strengthen their swimming propulsion and stretch their legs using a kick board or the side of the pool. Try quick and vigorous kicks or slow leg swings.
Limited leg movement? Try standing or treading water and doing arm circles, arm curls or chest flies. Enhance this exercise by including water weights!
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