If you are a senior citizen and want to keep yourself healthy, fit and independent in old age, read here about the “four types of exercises for elderly” that you should do to improve over all fitness including strength, flexibility, balance and endurance to live healthy, independent and active long life.
Read on here for details:
(i) Strength Exercises: These exercises help gain senior’s muscles and improve their metabolism, which in turn help maintain their weight and blood sugar in control.
(ii) Balance Exercises: They help to strengthen leg muscles, which in turn helps to improve your balance and consequently prevents falls. According to NIH, more than one in three people age 65 years or older falls each year. The risk of falling—and fall-related problems—rises with age.
For an older adult, balance exercises will help avoid balancing problems ar you get older. In addition to that balance exercises will help you live an independent life by helping you evade the disabilities that could result from falling.
(iii) Stretching Exercises: These exercises help allow you more freedom of movement and increase the movements range, which in turn will allow you to perform your daily physical activities with ease without pains in your old age.
However, stretching exercises alone cannot increase your strength and endurance.
(iv) Endurance Exercises: These exercises help you boost your endurance gradually, starting with as little as 5 minutes of endurance activities at a time.
Such exercises are physical activities that increase your heart rate and breathing for an extended period of time such as walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, etc.
What are you waiting for? To get started, we have selected following best exercises for senior citizens: