Low-Impact Exercises for Aging Joints | Executive Care of Fort Myers

Low-Impact Exercises for Aging Joints

Daily exercise is something that’s essential for every person’s healthy lifestyle. And it’s extra important for seniors!

But exercise isn’t always easy for seniors who experience joint pain or mobility limitations. So, let’s examine some low-impact exercises that people of all ranges of motion can incorporate into their daily routine!

Walk

Walking is the most basic of all exercises, and it is a low impact way to get the blood pumping! Even our aging loved ones with some limited mobility can likely find the energy and time to get in a bit of walking each day.

Kindly encourage your aging family members to get into habit of walking over the course of a couple of weeks. Even those who are out of shape or out of the habit of daily exercise can likely find 10 minutes to walk each day—which adds up to a lot!

Sit

Seniors who are wheelchair-bound or need a walker to get around might find a daily walk to be a taxing or even impossible option. Luckily, there are some great exercise options that can be done while seated!

Some low-impact upper body chair exercises are perfect even for people who don’t have great range of motion in their lower bodies. Start the seated workout off with some simple neck stretches, arm stretches and shoulder circles to warm up.

Next, grab some light weights or some canned vegetables to do some basic strength exercises. With weights in hand, perform a set of seated row exercises by drawing the elbows back and squeezing the shoulder blades together, and then extending the arms forward again. Keep those weights in hand to do some slow shoulder rolls after to work those trapezius muscles.

Finally, work out the core and stretch out the back with some gentle seated abdominal twists.

Swim

Swimming is a fantastic low-impact full body workout for people of any level of mobility. Get your aging loved ones even more pumped about spending time in the pool with the addition of some engaging swimming exercises!

Use a kickboard or the side of the pool to stretch and strengthen the legs. Get the blood pumping with vigorous quick kicks, or get a great stretch in with slow leg swings.

If limited leg or hip mobility is a problem, try standing or treading water to do some arm exercises, such as arm circles, arm curls or chest flies. Water weights can be used for some added resistance!

Keeping your loved ones healthy and independent is our top priority at Executive Care of Fort Myers. Visit us online to learn more about our services!

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