Staying physically active is crucial for people of all ages. As we grow older it becomes even more essential. Being active in a routine exercise program can have many benefits including flexibility, emotional well-being, and heart, bone, and joint health. As we age it may become more difficult to find physical activities that are enjoyable and appropriate for our physical limitations. Especially those with limited mobility or chronic conditions. Here are a few exercise ideas for seniors that may be of interest and accessible for everyone to stay active and healthy at any age.
Walking doesn’t require expensive equipment or fancy clothes. It can be done anywhere, anytime.
You can walk at the local senior center with friends, in the neighborhood with your family or on your own around a park. Starting slow and knowing your limits is key. Building distance and intensity can increase in time or just remain the same. It is your exercise program, your choice.
Balance and Exercise Class
Balance and Exercise classes have been known to show to improvement in balance, flexibility, and even mental health. Joining a low-impact exercise class is a great way to be surrounded by those also interested in improvement and in a safe, supervised environment. You can join these classes in a group setting at the local Senior Center, on video from the library or online in the comfort of your own home. Most of these classes take into consideration all levels of functional abilities.
Swimming is another low-impact exercise that is easy on the joints and muscles. Many recreation and senior centers offer water exercise classes for movement such as aerobics specifically designed for seniors.
Dancing and Movement Class
Dancing may seem like something difficult if you have limitations or chronic illness but there are specially designed classes to consider all individual needs. Dancing is a great way to move and have fun at the same time. It can be ballroom, line dancing, or just movement to your favorite music, it all can improve balance, coordination, and flexibility. Many community centers and senior centers offer dance classes specifically tailored for seniors.
It is never too late for anyone of any age to start moving.
Starting out slow and small can build to make a great impact. Before you get started it is always best to consult with your physician first. They will let you know areas of limitations and signs to watch for specific to you and your medical conditions. For more information about the exercise programs and activities hosted at Grace Pointe Senior Care Community contact us today.