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The elderly have to be careful when it comes to exercise. It is not a good idea to do heavy weight training. It's also not a good idea to go out and run full speed on the racetrack. Even jogging can be too strenuous for many seniors.
But exercise is important for the elderly. It is not just important for physical health, it is also important for emotional and mental health. Studies have shown that exercise can combat depression in seniors.
So, what are some specific types of exercise that are good for seniors?
Yoga is fantastic because it is low impact. This means that people with joint problems, including arthritis, will be able to practice yoga. Yoga is good for mobility, which is especially important in seniors. It also helps with muscle tone and provides a light cardiovascular exercise.
There are special classes that cater to seniors. These classes won't include strenuous yoga poses that would be too difficult for older people. Many senior centers and community centers will provide yoga classes.
Some people don't think of walking as exercise, but it is. Walking is one of the best exercises because it is low impact and you can do it anywhere. You don't have to join a gym or have any special equipment. All you have to do is put on your sneakers or shoes, and go outside and walk.
A good exercise would be to go for a half hour walk. The walk does not have to be strenuous. You don't have to walk up hills. A regular walk around the neighborhood or through a shopping mall is great.
Exercising In The Pool
Swimming isn't the only type of exercise you can do in the pool. Aquatic therapy in a facility like Advanced Physical Therapy is a very popular form of rehab and exercise. The pool allows people to walk, jog, lift weights, and perform other exercises without any impact. This is fantastic for seniors.
Aquatic therapy is especially good for seniors who have limited mobility. The pool is a safe space where they do not have to worry about falling and injuring themselves. Often times during aquatic therapy sessions there will be an attendant or aid there to assist.
While weight training in a gym is often not advised for seniors, weights in the pool are very popular. These are small weights that are used to help maintain muscle mass. The weights are not like the large steel ones you see in the gym. These weights are soft and are used to prevent muscle atrophy.Share