It is important for aging adults to stay active while still living at home to maintain health and wellness. Once they move into a senior living community it is even more crucial not to allow ones-self to decline or lose the agility once had. Strength training and aerobic exercise can prove to be beneficial for seniors by decreasing fall risks, combating depression, decreasing the chance for age-related muscle loss, and warding off cognitive decline. Taking part in group exercise classes also is a great tool to increase socialization and build relationships among peers. There are some very basic exercises that aging adults can use whether they are experienced in exercise or not.
Squats- put a chair in front of you for balance.
Push-ups- put your hands against a wall and bend at your elbows slowly.
Toe-ups- push up on your toes while holding onto the back of a chair.
Toe taps- alternate toes back and forth by taping your toe in front of you while holding onto a chair in front of you. Also, tap toes out to the side of your body and back in. Alternate right and left.
Knee lifts- hold onto chair in front of you and alternate lifting knees up.
Leg kicks- sit in a chair and alternate kicking legs up
Allow 10-15 reps of each exercise at least 4 times per week to produce the best results. These are just some basic examples of exercises you can do within your home or whereever you are. Join exercise classes as our guest at The Views Senior Living by visiting our recreation calendars online. Visit https://www.viewsseniorliving.com/contact