Low-Impact Exercises for Aging Loved Ones | Executive Care of Princeton
If your aging loved one is looking for an active and independent lifestyle, getting daily exercise is especially important! However, many seniors have some joint pain or mobility limitations that can make regular exercise very difficult.
Exercise isn’t always easy for these seniors who experience joint pain or mobility limitations. So, let’s examine some low-impact exercises that people of all ranges of motion can incorporate into their daily routine!
Get in the Habit of Walking
Walking is the most basic of all exercises, and it 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.
Encourage your loved ones that are out of shape or just out of practice to get into the habit of walking over the course of a couple of weeks. Even squeezing in a 10-minute walk every day is a lot healthier than inactivity!
Seated Strength Building
Walking isn’t the best option for everyone! Seniors who rely on a walker or wheelchair to get around may struggle with even a short daily walk.
Don’t be discouraged! There are some great chair exercises that can be done while seated.
Start with some upper body chair exercises to strengthen the arms and improve upper body range of motion. Warm up with some simple arm stretches and shoulder circles.
Once stretched, use light weights to perform a seated row. Do this by pulling the elbows back and squeezing the shoulder blades together. Complete a few reps, and then do some slow shoulder rolls to cool down the triceps and work the trapezius muscles.
Exercise the core from a chair with some gentle seated abdominal twists to finish off this workout!
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 their water workout!
Use a kickboard or the side of the pool to stretch and strengthen the legs. Get the blood pumping with vigorous quick kicks, or get a great stretch in with slow leg swings.
Limited leg movement? Try using water weights to do arm circles, arm curls or a chest fly!
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