Welcome to the elderly exercises page. As we get older are metabolism slows down and are blood pressure tends to rise. Our energy levels seem to decrease and muscle soreness tends to increase. When we age we also often tend to slow down often because of lack of energy or fear of injury.
Many elderly or aging individuals fail to realize the importance of exercise no matter what the age. Just because an individual is aging does not mean they have to give up the fight to stay in shape. Our Elderly exercises page shows you some simple work outs to help combat aging. Often exercise is one of best things you can do for your body. Exercise can help fight weight loss, lower blood pressure, strengthen your heart allowing you to live a more active life style and it can also be a fun individual or community activity.
While elderly exercises do not need to be complicated or involve weight training, several rounds on the heavy bag. They are however designed to raise your heart rate, increase strength in muscles that may have become atrophied and increase oxygen levels to the body.
Cardiovascular work outs are the most important aspect for the elderly. Often work outs can be as simple as walking on a treadmill or using an elliptical for 15-20 minutes a day or walking at local malls. The next great way to obtain a good cardiovascular workout is swimming or water aerobics, swimming is so beneficial because it offers a large reduction to trauma on joints while working out. This allows for muscle development and offers a great cardiovascular workout without causing the pain to joints which often is a cause for the lack of elderly exercise.
The next venue to attack is strength training this can be easily attained by doing simply body weight work outs. You may also do strength work outs in a pool to lower joint stress such as water aerobics as stated before.
The first excericse that can be done are bicep curls, simply take a dumbbell in each hand and curl the weight to your shoulder alternating hands. The next work out are shoulder presses these are done by taking those same dumbbells starting at your shoulders and pressing them above your head. The next work out are rows simply bend at the waist with the same dumbbells extend the dumbbells down and row the weight pulling it back up to your chest.
Next move on to your chest you can do wall push ups, or knee push ups depending on your mobility. Finally squats to work out your legs simply squat down until your butt touches a chair and stand up again focusing on keeping your balance.
The most important thing to remember is how important exercise is as you age and for anyone. You can always contact your local gym or ymca to speak with a trainer for more details specific to you and always consult a physician to make sure you are healthy enough to exercise. Thank you for visiting the Elderly Exercises page please click here to return home.