No matter what age we are, exercising is very important, especially for those of us who may be over the age of 65. Whether we enjoy it or not, exercising on a regular basis continues to keep our body moving and functioning properly as we age. Without getting up and entertaining our muscles with movement, we reduce our chances to age healthfully.
As a senior, your loved one might love or hate exercising, but they’ve continued to be told, “exercising is healthy for you!” What if, now, they’re experiencing a mobility block? In younger years, they might have been able to run 10 miles a day or compete in a triathlon, now it’s just getting harder to even stand.
If an older adult is having trouble with moving around on their own and finding it difficult to get even a little bit of exercise in the day, they shouldn’t worry too much because there are still ways to exercise without even having to move from a chair!
Chair exercises are a great substitute for aging adults. There doesn’t need to be a weight set, a trainer, and seniors don’t even have to have a caregiver with them at all times. The only thing a senior needs is a chair; though, some of the following exercises may require a resistance band or dumbbells to perform accurately with results.
Please keep in mind, everyone has different levels of comfort when it comes to exercise. For safety, it’s important to start slow and develop a health program that is tailored to your abilities.
Exercising on a regular basis (preferably at least 30 minutes per day) will not only keep an aging adult’s heart healthy, but can also prevent strokes, heart attacks, falling, high blood pressure, and chronic diseases such as dementia.