Getting in Shape After 60: Exercise for Seniors

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Exercise After 60: Staying in Shape During the Golden Years

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on January 9, 2015

Everyone knows exercise is an essential part of maintaining health, wellness, and quality of life, and leading Scottsdale senior care provider Home Care Assistance cannot stress enough the added importance of exercise after 60 years old. Luckily, there are many different types of exercises seniors can do to build muscle, increase core strength, and promote balance. Regardless of fitness level, three of the top exercises seniors can begin with are yoga, water aerobics, and tai chi.

Yoga for Mind, Body, and Spirit

Yoga is an ancient practice that is comprised of a series of stretches, poses, and breathing exercises. There are different levels of yoga that a senior can choose from depending on his or her physical capability. Gentle or chair Yoga is low impact and suitable for a senior with limited physical abilities. The poses target certain muscle groups and are held for a specific amount, increasing strength, balance, and flexibility over time. Stretches are gentle and doing yoga regularly can help improve range of motion. In fact, recent research shows seniors receiving in-home stroke care can benefit from adding yoga stretches and postures to their rehabilitation efforts.

Water Aerobics for Core, Balance, and Upper Body Strength

Water aerobics improves cardiovascular function and is easy on the joints and muscles, making it a safe way to exercise for seniors who have various medical conditions like arthritis, back issues, knee replacement, or hip replacement. Exercises target core muscles, improve balance, and increase upper body strength. Seniors, with the aid of fitness equipment to add water resistance, are able to exercise safely while maintaining stability in a low-impact environment.

Tai Chi for Muscle Control, Stress Relief, and Improved Emotional Well-Being

Tai Chi, an ancient practice believed to have started in the 12th century, has become and increasingly popular way to combat stress and build muscle control. Tai chi involves completing a series of nonstop slow movements while maintaining strong focus and taking deep, controlled breaths. Some benefits of regularly practicing tai chi include improved balance, agility, muscle strength, decreased stress, a stronger immune system and better quality sleep. Many senior centers now offer tai chi classes, or, you can help your senior loved one find a free tai chi meet-up group at a local park.

Take up one or more of these exercises with your elderly loved one to help keep him or her active and motivated. For more information on senior fitness and overall well-being, contact Home Care Assistance of Scottsdale, a top provider of live-in senior care in Scottsdale. We are available around-the-clock to answer your questions or schedule your complimentary in-home consultation. Call (480) 448-6215 to speak with a qualified and friendly Care Manager.