Great Exercise for Aging Joints | Executive Care of North Dallas
It’s important for people of all ages to incorporate regular exercise into their daily routine. This is doubly important for aging seniors!
But what about our aging loved ones with joint pain or mobility issues? Exercise isn’t always easy—so let’s take a look at some low-impact exercises that go easy on the joints!
Walk When You Can
Walking is the most basic of low-impact exercises. This is a form of movement that most people can squeeze in a bit of each day even with limited mobility.
You can encourage your family members who are out of shape or out of practice to slowly get into the habit of walking over the course of a couple of weeks. Even finding 10 minutes each day to do a bit of walking can make a huge difference!
Exercise While Sitting
For our loved ones who are wheelchair bound or depend on a walker, daily walking isn’t a great option. Fortunately, there are plenty of chair exercises that are perfect for those impacted by severe lower body mobility problems.
These upper body chair exercises are great for nearly any range of motion. Some simple neck stretches and shoulder circles make a great seated warm-up to start with!
Once stretched, work on strengthening the arm muscles using light weights— or cans of food!—to perform a seated row by drawing the elbows back and squeezing the shoulder blades together. Engage the trapezius muscles with some slow shoulder rolls between sets.
Seniors can finish their seated strength workout with some abdominal twists to work the core.
Take It to the Water
Swimming is famed for being a low-impact full-body workout. To keep things fresh, your loved one can add some different swimming exercises to his or her water workout!
Seniors can strengthen their swimming propulsion and stretch their legs using a kick board or the side of the pool. Try quick and vigorous kicks or slow leg swings.
Limited leg movement? Try standing or treading water and doing arm circles, arm curls or chest flies. Enhance this exercise by including water weights!
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