An aging body has different limitations than a young one. While you might have hit the gym hard at 35,
working free weights and running on a treadmill, your body at 60 won’t have the same level of
endurance. But don’t allow changes in your stamina to take exercise out of the equation altogether. You
need exercise to help maintain your balance, your strong bones, your weight and healthy blood pressure
and cholesterol. Exercise can even help you ward off diseases and make you less prone to injury.
Before you start any workout program, you need to talk to your doctor. He or she can tell you what
exercises are high or low risk for your individual health and may be able to give you even more ideas for
safe, effective routines. In order to give you some ideas to bring to your doctor, here are three simple
types of exercise most seniors can do.
Sitting exercises: There are entire workout programs designed around exercises you can do while
seated. These incorporate stretching, resistance training, core strength and balance and can help you
work out both your upper and lower body.
Resistance bands: Stretch, or resistance, bands are light, portable tools for strength and resistance
training. Because they are light bands of resistant rubber, they cause fewer injuries and are much easier
for many seniors to hold. The exercises you do with them can help strengthen both bones and muscles
while improving range of motion.
Walking: You’d be amazed at the difference a routine of walking regularly can make to your health.
When you think about it, being able to move yourself from place to place is one of the fundamental
activities of daily life. When you don’t exercise your ability to walk or, for those in a wheelchair, push
yourself from place to place, you increase your likelihood of suffering from a permanent disability and
completely losing this essential form of personal independence. By creating an exercise routine that
involves walking or pushing yourself for 20 minutes a day at least three times per week, you can
preserve your independence and improve your overall health.
We can be motivated to exercise by our health, our ego or our physical condition. No matter what drives
you to stay in shape, you will reap physical benefits from the exercises you do only if you choose an
exercise routine that’s suited to your tolerance, endurance and capabilities.