5 Senior-Friendly Exercises to Add to Your Daily Routine
As people get older, exercise becomes ever more important. A regular exercise routine can help keep the immune system strong, boost the metabolism, and lead to greater overall health. If you find it difficult to do exercise the way you used to, that’s ok. Retirement living involves change and transition, and it’s the perfect time to try something new and find what works for you. Many active adult communities offer exercise classes and fitness-related recreation. However, it’s also easy to find senior-friendly exercises you can do in the privacy of your own apartment.
- Chair yoga is good for the body, mind, and spirit. A low-intensity activity that improves flexibility and helps with movement, chair yoga doesn’t make your muscles sore or hurt your joints. It has many benefits and can help you sleep better, reduce your stress and improve mental clarity, improve your blood flow, and may even help with muscular pains. It also helps you tap into the mind-body connection to promote your overall wellness.
- Body weight workouts don’t require equipment. It’s important to give your muscles a good workout from time to time, but you don’t have to go to the gym or lift weights. You can use your body weight to strengthen your muscles by doing exercises like squats, step-ups, and bird dogs. These exercises help increase mobility and stamina while also improving your posture.
- Resistance bands can safely increase your workout’s intensity. Once you’ve gotten used to low-intensity workouts, you may find that you’re comfortable stepping up to medium intensity. Using resistance bands allows you to carefully increase the force of your workout so that you can build up your stamina. When you challenge yourself in your workouts, you can improve your posture, condition your muscles, and increase your flexibility.
- Pilates help with posture and flexibility. It’s a little more high-intensity than the other workouts we’ve been discussing, but if you’re up to it, Pilates is worth a try. You can find Pilates workouts online if you don’t want to go to the gym, and they’re great for your cardiovascular system, your posture, your spinal alignment, and even your breathing.
- Walking is good for just about everyone. It’s casual, easy, and good for your heart, circulatory system, joints, and much more. It’s a great way to stay healthy and if you’re feeling sociable, is something fun to do with other active adults in your community.
When you’re ready to find an adult active living community, consider Larkspur at Shadow Creek. A family-owned and managed community for ages 55 and up, we offer resort-style senior living apartments in Pearland, Texas, with an emphasis on active living. We give our residents the chance to transition from the responsibilities and burdens of home ownership to a lifestyle of convenience and luxury, full of new friends, new activities, and new adventures. To learn more about life in the active living apartments and cottages of Larkspur at Shadow Creek, call 832-376-8414, or contact us through our website.