Low-Impact Exercises With High-Impact Results | Executive Care of Stratford
As we get older, we often lose mobility and balance for a variety of reasons. That can make exercising regularly much more difficult.
Fortunately, there are many different exercises out there—there’s truly something for everyone! Read on as we take a look at some low-impact options.
Believe it or not, even walking is a form of exercise. This basic way of getting around has low impact on the joints and is great for the body and the heart.
Even if your loved one is out of shape or not up for walking around much, you can help him or her get into the habit of walking over a few weeks. Just getting up to walk for as little as 10 minutes a day can make a huge difference.
Seated Strength Exercises
For seniors that rely on a wheelchair or walker, getting in even a short daily walk is not going to be the best option. Don’t let a lack of mobility discourage your loved one from getting the exercise that he or she needs—there are plenty of options for exercises that can be done from a chair!
Tone the muscles with some upper body chair exercises, designed to work well for most ranges of motion. Start the workout with some simple neck and arm stretches to warm up.
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 a fantastic low-impact full body workout for people of any level of mobility. Get your aging loved ones even more pumped about spending time in the pool with the addition of some engaging swimming exercises!
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.
If limited leg or hip mobility is a problem, try standing or treading water to do some arm exercises, such as arm circles, arm curls or chest flies. Water weights can be used for some added resistance!
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