Best Exercises for Seniors (Part III)

Walking positively impacts your health.

Walking

Even if you can’t find a way to do a structured workout, you likely have time to put one foot in front of the other to get you where you want to go. It is recommended most folks do 10,000 steps a day, even on days they don’t exercise. The research found that people who heightened their activity levels up to 10,000 steps per day were 47% less likely to die in the following 10 years contrasted to those who remained sedentary.

For some seniors with a chronic condition, 10,000 might not be the correct number. But the fact remains: Walking is a free, great workout that can have a huge impact on your health.

Cycling

Another low-impact way of exercising, cycling is perfect for those who want to heighten their leg strength but can’t participate in other high-impact sports due to joint issues. Research shows that cycling also helps enhance cardiovascular health, metabolic health, and cognitive performance in adults over 70.

If you have cycling trails close to your home, consider doing regular bike rides with family or friends. Indoor cycling is another good option for those without access to trails or when the weather is bad. Also, with a stationary bike, you don’t have to worry about falling or needing to wear safety gear.

Strength and Aerobic Classes

If you attend a SilverSneakers class, you already understand that group exercise isn’t just a great way to break a sweat. You’ll also have lots of fun and find new friends along the way, both of which are really important when it comes to regular exercise. In fact, studies note that the social aspect of group exercise raises activity levels in older adults over the long run.

There is no end to the different group exercises out there, from boot camp to Zumba.