Great Joint Exercises for Older Adults | Executive Care of Scottsdale

When it comes to a healthy lifestyle, exercise is an important component. That’s definitely true as we age.

But it’s also true that mobility and balance often become more difficult as we age, making exercise more difficult, too. That’s why we’d like to share a few ideas for low-impact exercises with you.

Walk When You Can

Walking is the most basic of low-impact exercises. This is a form of movement that most people can squeeze in a bit of each day even with limited mobility.

Kindly encourage your aging family members to get into habit of walking over the course of a couple of weeks. Even those who are out of shape or out of the habit of daily exercise can likely find 10 minutes to walk each day—which adds up to a lot!

Exercise While Sitting

Walking isn’t the best option for everyone! Seniors who rely on a walker or wheelchair to get around may struggle with even a short daily walk.

But there’s no need to be discouraged—there are some great exercises that can be done while seated.

Tone the muscles with some upper body chair exercises, designed to work well for most ranges of motion. Start the workout with some simple neck and arm stretches to warm up.

Move on to strengthening the arm muscles by using light weights or canned goods to perform a seated row, drawing the elbows back and squeezing the shoulder blades together before extending the arms forward again. Cool down the triceps and engage the trapezius muscles by doing some slow shoulder rolls after that!

Seniors can finish their seated strength workout with some abdominal twists to work the core.

Swim

Swimming is a fantastic low-impact, full-body workout for people of any level of mobility. Get your aging loved ones even more pumped about spending time in the pool with the addition of some engaging swimming exercises!

Use a kickboard or the side of the pool to stretch and strengthen the legs. Get the blood pumping with vigorous quick kicks, or get a great stretch in with slow leg swings.

If limited leg or hip mobility is a problem, try standing or treading water to do some arm exercises, such as arm circles, arm curls or chest flies. Water weights can be used for some added resistance!

Keeping your loved ones healthy and independent is our top priority at Executive Care of Scottsdale. Visit us online to learn more about our services!

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