Exercises for Seniors

5 safe and fun exercises for those in their autumn years

Currently within the United States, senior citizens are leading more active lifestyles than ever before. The main reason for this is because more and more people of all ages are beginning to understand the importance of daily exercise. In fact, many ailments can be alleviated or even cured by repeated physical activity and an overall healthy lifestyle.

This is especially true for senior citizens, as prolonged bouts of inactivity can lead to a number of health hazards ranging from obesity, acid indigestion, stroke or even diabetes. These sorts of health hazards can easily tarnish a person’s golden years, making it extremely important for senior citizens to exercise on a daily basis. If you’re over 65, here are some exercises you can incorporate into your daily activities:

Walking

Walking is a fairly easy exercise to pick up. A simple 30-minute walk around one’s neighborhood or block may not seem like much, but a simple walking routine such as this performed daily can promote flexibility, reduce fat stores, as well as bolster your overall mental condition.

T’ai chi

Certain martial arts, such as t’ai chi, were created to allow people to become more adept at joining both their physical and spiritual selves. Practicing this art daily will stimulate blood flow, improve concentration, as well as improve flexibility. Aside from the obvious physical benefits, t'ai chi is an incredible means by which to alleviate stress, as well as develop a deeper sense of self-identity and spirituality.

Cycling

Cycling is a great exercise for seniors. Just like other aerobic exercises, cycling stimulates blood circulation within the body, strengthens the heart and can also aid in reducing the symptoms of health issues such as asthma, hypertension, arthritis and even depression.

Yoga

A unique and very spiritual exercise for senior citizens, yoga was created around 900 B.C.E in India. Swami Vivekananda is credited with introducing yoga to America, and around the country, scores of people of all ages participate in this physically and spiritually enlightening activity. Yoga works toward the joining of mind and spirit, and utilizes a vast variety of stretching positions to encourage better balance, flexibility, stronger muscles and better circulation.

Water exercises

Swimming is a wonderful exercise for seniors, as it is both fun and beneficial to the body. Whether you are practicing your freestyle stroke or you are taking a water aerobics course, the benefits of swimming are truly numerous. These range from reduction of stress, improved circulation and breathing, as well as the alleviation of muscle and joint pain.

Daily exercise will only bring benefits if it is done properly and within your physical limits. If none of these exercises has a particular appeal to you, look for senior exercise DVDs and streaming online videos which offer a wider variety of exercises that can be comfortably done within your home. Some fitness clubs and gyms also offer senior exercise programs which have the added benefit of community. If you exercise regularly, you will note improvement to your lifestyle, hopefully allowing you to be much more active in your latter years.

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