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If you’re an older adult and finding it hard to stay physically active—don’t quit. There are plenty of easy exercises for seniors that you can do. You just have to find a fitness program that works for you.
It’s extremely important to keep exercising as an older adult. The benefits include:
The good news is you don’t need to go to the gym for strength training or impact exercises for elderly people. Just doing some easy exercises for seniors will provide benefit. And since September is “National Yoga Awareness Month” here are some poses you can try.
The tree pose is considered one of the easy exercises for seniors because you don’t have to move. Essentially, you stand in one place. It’s a balance exercise, which helps prevent falls.
The Warrior II pose makes our list of easy exercises for seniors because, again, you don’t have to move, and this time you get to keep both feet on the floor.
Standing poses can improve your lower body strength and your bone density.
Bridge pose is good for your hips and strengthens your lower back. It’s one of the easy exercises for seniors because you start by laying on your back.
These are three simple, easy exercises for seniors that you can start today. Just talk to your doctor first, so you can discuss which poses work best for you. You may also want to talk to a physical therapist.
If you don’t like yoga, there are some additional easy exercises for seniors you may want to try. The National Council on Aging recommends things like:
The updated physical activity guidelines for Americans state any movement that gets your heart rate up, even just a little bit, is beneficial. And as you can see, there are a lot of easy exercises for seniors out there. A conversation with your doctor may uncover even more.
For more information on the updated physical activity guidelines for Americans, check out our guide “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.” Inside you’ll find more ways to ease yourself into an exercise routine and how hard you should be working out to see results.