Effective Low-Impact Exercises Worth Trying | Executive Care of Great Neck

Exercise is something that’s essential for every living thing’s health! So you probably want to keep the senior in your life active and healthy by encouraging a daily exercise routine.

How do you do that, though, when your aging loved one has arthritis or severe mobility issues? Let’s start with some fun and effective low-impact exercises!

Walking Is a Start

Many people may not think of walking as an exercise. But this most basic mode of getting around is also the most basic form of low-impact cardiovascular exercise!

Even those who are out of shape or have some limited mobility can be encouraged to get into the habit of walking over time. Squeezing in just 10 minutes of walking a day can make the difference between a somewhat active lifestyle and a sedentary lifestyle.

Sitting Strength Exercises

For seniors that rely on a wheelchair or walker, getting in even a short daily walk is not going to be the best option. Don’t let a lack of mobility discourage your loved one from getting the exercise that he or she needs—there are plenty of options for exercises that can be done from a chair!

Tone the muscles with some upper body chair exercises, designed to work well for most ranges of motion. Start the workout with some simple neck and arm stretches to warm up.

Once stretched, use light weights to perform a seated row. Do this by pulling the elbows back and squeezing the shoulder blades together. Complete a few reps, and then do some slow shoulder rolls to cool down the triceps and work the trapezius muscles.

Exercise the core from a chair with some gentle seated abdominal twists to finish off this workout!

Get Swimming

Swimming is a famed full-body workout on its own, with low impact on the joints. Intensify a swimming pool workout by grabbing some water weights and trying out some water exercises!

Use a kickboard or just the side of the pool to do some quick kicks or slow leg swings to strengthen and stretch the legs without the impact of moving on the ground.

If your loved one is working with limited hip mobility, suggest that he or she focus on the upper body instead by doing arm exercises like circles or curls while standing on the pool floor or treading water!

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

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