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Making an Exercise Plan for Seniors

Staying strong as you age doesn’t happen on its own. Maintaining a regular exercise plan is important for people of all ages, but especially so once you start aging and are trying to maintain your independence and safety in your home. 

It can seem daunting when you are trying to find a form of exercise that suits you and what you need. After finding some options that seem interesting to you, sample them out and stick with your favorites.

If you do not have a plan in place yet, now is the time to start. The following are different types of workouts to pick from.

Swimming

Swimming is one of the best types of exercising available. No matter what your favorite pool activity is, it will help increase your cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength. Swimming also puts minimal stress on your joints and bones. This is a major factor for those who may be suffering from arthritis.

It is okay if you don’t like to swim laps. Something as simple as a water aerobics class in the shallow end can work out your body without requiring much skill in the water.

Yoga

Yoga is known to help with physical and mental problems. While yoga helps build muscle like other workout ideas, it can also be helpful for those who struggle to calm their minds.

Yoga is considered a low-impact exercise that is not too hard on your body, while also helping strengthen your core muscles and bones. There are many different levels of classes, so there is something available for any level. 

Pilates

Pilates has gradually become more popular with time. It is a low-impact type of exercise that focuses on your stability by building your core. Pilates is ideal for aging adults who want to put together an exercise plan that involves getting out of the house and attending a social class.

Pilates is a common class that can be found at most gyms and community centers. Pilates is popular among seniors because of its low-impact on the body, while still producing strong results. You can find a beginners class near you by reaching out to a local gym, community center, or senior living groups.

Walking

When you think about your workout plan, you may not initially consider walking. However, the average person is supposed to walk 10,000 steps daily. That number can vary depending on your health, but the people who walk an average of 10,000 steps a day are 46 percent less likely to die prematurely than those who are sedentary.

The number of steps you aim for each day may vary, but walking is a healthy, free workout that does not require a gym visit. If you don’t fancy walking outdoors in inclimate weather, consider finding an indoor mall where you can walk laps. 

Cycling

If pilates and yoga don’t sound like your thing, but you need a low-impact type of exercise, consider cycling. While cycling focuses on leg strength, it also helps improve cardiovascular health. Cycling is ideal for seniors that need to work on their cardio and want to build significant muscle. 

Cycling can happen in the gym, on a trail, or even in the comfort of your home if you have the proper equipment. If you have trails near your home, you can organize regular bike rides with a group. In addition, you can find a local cycling class that will get you out and socializing.

Aerobics

Aerobics classes are ideal for seniors who are trying to exercise, but also want to socialize at the same time. Aerobics classes can vary on their impact levels and skill level. Talk to your family and friends about suggestions they may have or classes they already know about.

Finding a class that you enjoy with people you want to socialize with significantly improves your odds of sticking with your exercise plan and getting the results you are looking for.

You can find the right aerobics class by asking people you know, visiting your local community center, joining a gym, or creating your own.

Personal training

If you have specific goals in mind with your exercising plans or you have health limitations, booking a personal trainer may be the best option for you. A personal trainer can give you more specific instructions and extra attention in comparison to attending a class. Most personal trainers offer small group and one-on-one sessions.

Either option can help you build your knowledge of what is best for you to do on your own if you decide to not continue with your personal training sessions.

No matter what type of exercise plan you decide to go with, your body will thank you. Make a plan and stick with it, even if you have to make a few adjustments along the way.

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Hannah Verret
Hannah Verret is a Content Developer at Med-Alert Pros in Memphis, TN. Hannah has been working in content creation throughout her entire adult career. When Hannah isn't writing or organizing social media posts, she's spending her time reading and loving on her many pets.

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