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Three Ideas for Senior-Safe Workouts

TRI 7.7.16

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.

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