5 Low-Impact Exercises for Seniors

This is a guest post by Nancy Parker.

As the body gets older the harder it is to put it through heavy impact workouts like running, boxing and step aerobics. There are 5 forms of exercise that will challenge your body but keep you from hurting yourself. Remember to always stretch before and after your workout and to keep yourself fully hydrated with water.

yoga

Yoga:

Yoga is great for any body type, at any age. The process involves a steady and strong stretch while keeping a calm and peaceful manner. Your body is stretched and pulled at your own pace and this has many health benefits other than physical including  mental benefits. Yoga practices stress relief and letting go of outside problems while working out. Yoga comes in many different types and forms and is typically available everywhere for a decent cost.

Walking:

Not everyone can afford a gym membership or classes and that is why walking is such a great work out. It’s free and you can do it anywhere. Walking is a great way to burn calories, raise your heart rate and relieve stress. To help you get motivated find a walking partner or group and walk daily. To increase your workouts, try adding light ankle weights to burn more calories.

Zumba:

zumba dancing

Fast paced dance workouts may seem out of your workout realm but Zumba is a great workout for any senior. Zumba is for any body shape and age because the dance moves are easy to follow and you can go at your own pace. What is fantastic about Zumba is that once you start you can’t stop. It hardly feels like a workout with the upbeat dance hits and all the positive energy around you.

Water aerobics:

Water acts a resistance for your muscles but also supports those who have previous injuries or problem areas like bad knees or hips. Water aerobics is best used with water weights and other tools. Most local YMCA’s and gyms offer water aerobics because of its great benefits and it is very popular with seniors.

Pilates:

Many people think Pilates is a form of Yoga or something very similar. While it does low impact stretching and movement, it is not the same. Pilates focuses on building strength and creating balance in your core and then throughout your body. There are many forms of Pilates that include strictly mat moves or there are even Pilates machines. Definitely a great work out for anyone who is looking to increase their coordination and gain some muscle.

Author Bio : Nancy Parker was a professional  full time nanny and she loves to write about a wide range of subjects like health, parenting, child care, babysitting, nanny background check tips, etc. at her website, enannysource.com.  You can reach her by email at nancy.parker015@gmail.com.

Yoga Image Credit: Courtesy of Ron Sombilon via Flickr

Zumba Image Credit: Courtesy of JBLM MWR Marketing via Flickr

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1 thought on “5 Low-Impact Exercises for Seniors”

  1. Aqua jogging is the perfect aerobic, low-impact exercise to get the heart pumping and blood flowing throughout the body. Aqua jogging can be as simple as jogging through the water from one side of the pool to the other. This exercise can also be simplified to walking back and forth in the pool or jogging or marching in place. Aqua jogging is designed to get the heart rate up and keep it up, so whichever modification you choose, be sure it s at least a little challenging.

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