Great Joint Exercises for Older Adults | Executive Care of Somerville
When you think about the components of a healthy lifestyle, exercise is a key one. But what happens when mobility or balance is challenged during the aging process?
Exercise can be challenging as we get older, which is why we want to share some ideas of low-impact exercises for older adults.
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 those who are out of shape or have some limited mobility can be encouraged to get into the habit of walking over time. Squeezing in just 10 minutes of walking a day can make the difference between a somewhat active lifestyle and a sedentary lifestyle.
Walking isn’t an option for every senior! Luckly, there are lots of options for loved ones who are wheelchair bound or suffering from arthritis or degenerative disease in their lower extremities.
These upper body chair exercises are great for nearly any range of motion. Some simple neck stretches and shoulder circles make a great seated warm-up to start with!
Next, grab some light weights or some canned vegetables to do some basic strength exercises. With weights in hand, perform a set of seated row exercises by drawing the elbows back and squeezing the shoulder blades together, and then extending the arms forward again. Keep those weights in hand to do some slow shoulder rolls after to work those trapezius muscles.
Finish the chair workout with some abdominal twists to work the core and stretch the back.
Swimming is a famed full-body workout on its own, with low impact on the joints. Intensify a swimming pool workout by grabbing some water weights and trying out some water exercises!
Use a kickboard or just the side of the pool to do some quick kicks or slow leg swings to strengthen and stretch the legs without the impact of moving on the ground.
If your loved one is working with limited hip mobility, suggest that he or she focus on the upper body instead by doing arm exercises like circles or curls while standing on the pool floor or treading water!
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