Once we get old enough, we’re often forced to slow down and take it easy, but that doesn’t have to be the case! With physical therapy exercises, seniors can continue to stay healthy and active well into their golden years.
We have come up with some of the best exercises you can do to stay in shape without putting too much stress on your body, making sure your well-being stays intact for as long as possible. Below are just some of the exercises we recommend.
Working Out with Free Weights 👍
Free weights, also known as dumbbells or barbells, are an excellent way to work out. They offer a range of benefits that can increase the health of a senior. With these exercises, you will be able to tone your muscles while building strength.
This is important because the more muscle mass that a person has, the higher their metabolism will be. This means they will burn more calories throughout their day than someone who has less muscle mass. Free weights also give a more dynamic approach to weight lifting that helps with range of motion and flexibility.
Interval Training 🏃♀️
Physical therapy exercises are not just for the young. Seniors can benefit from these exercises too, even if they have a chronic condition like arthritis. Exercising three times a week can help strengthen muscles and maintain bone health.
One type of exercise that is beneficial for seniors is interval training. This type of exercise involves alternating periods of high-intensity movement with periods of low-intensity movement. It typically lasts 20-30 minutes. Interval training helps build endurance and strengthens both the heart and lungs.
Progressive Resistance 📈
Progressive Resistance involves the use of light weights or elastic bands, where the patient builds up strength gradually by increasing weight over time.
This is a great method of conditioning yourself if you are inexperienced or want to gradually build strength back.
Developing Core Strength ✅
One of the best ways to maintain your health as you age is to focus on your core muscles. This can involve a variety of exercises, but the following four exercises are some of the best: abdominal crunches, side twists, back extensions, and rotational planks.
Remember, the goal is not to put a strain on yourself it’s about being progressive and longevity.
Toning Your Arms 💪
The Senior Health Foundation recommends doing exercises that target your arm muscles, as it strengthens your arms and helps with circulation.
You can do this by using a hand weight or squeeze ball while sitting in a chair or even while watching TV. This is also a great way to prevent falls by making sure you have enough arm strength to catch yourself if you stumble.
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