Four Types of Exercise That Help Older Adults Maintain Mobility

April 1, 2023

The CDC reports that regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. As the body ages, the daily activities that used to be easy have the potential to become more difficult. Partaking in gentle exercise can help maintain the body’s strength and assist in easing daily movement. Senior living homes, such as Beacon Crest Senior Living, schedule daily activities and offer an in-house gym for exercise convenience. Do you still want more ideas? Here are four types of exercise that help maintain mobility.

Walking is the most accessible form of exercise. It does not require equipment, gym access, or any particular location. For example, during the pandemic, many older adults kept up their exercise by walking laps in their homes. Did you know a ten-minute walk in the morning keeps the body mobile and helps reset your circadian rhythms? It is reported that regular walking strengthens your bones, helps prevent osteoporosis, and lowers your risk of heart disease. In addition, it can help reduce anxiety or depression and help you feel better emotionally, mentally, and physically.
There is a multitude of benefits to swimming for older adults. Swimming allows the individual to gain cardiovascular exercise without the drawback of joint stress. Since swimming is a non-weight-bearing exercise, swimmers can stretch in the water without the danger of losing their balance. In addition, gentle muscle strengthening occurs over time without too much stress on the body. Arthritis patients find that swimming improves the use of arthritic joints and helps with mobility.
Senior Lifestyle finds that chair yoga is a beneficial form of yoga for seniors. The benefits include improved flexibility and low impact on joints. While it can be challenging for older adults to perform weight-bearing exercises, chair yoga integrates stretching with strengthening exercises. Add on the extra benefit of breathing techniques and meditation for an all-encompassing workout session.
Do you want an exercise that works the calves, thighs, and glute muscles with little strain on the body? Try a recumbent bike at your local gym or buy your own to keep at your home. Instead of watching TV from the couch, you can watch while exercising. A recumbent bike is different from a regular stationary bike as it positions the rider in a reclined position. It is easier to use for individuals with arthritis as they can sit for longer without too much stress on their joints. When living in a senior home, such as Beacon Crest Senior Living, you could use the recumbent bike in the in-house gym.  
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