Exercise Older Adults

4 Great Exercises for Older Adults

As we get older, our bodies go through changes and aren’t as strong as they used to be. However, staying active and exercising is still so important for staying healthy and increasing your lifespan. There are plenty of great, low stress exercises for older adults can do to keep themselves in shape. Here are five great exercises for older adults!

Walking

Walking is a very underrated form of exercise for older adults. If you aren’t good with structured workouts or physically are unable to do strenuous exercise, walking is a great alternative.

Brightwood Retirement Community offers great outdoor spaces and gardens for you to stroll around throughout the day. Not only is walking a great workout, it’s free of charge and gives you a chance to enjoy nature’s beauty.

Cycling

This low-impact exercise is great for all ages, but the stationary element is what makes it great for older adults. Cycling helps to improve leg strength and can be done by those who can’t run or participate in other high-impact exercises.

Cycling classes offer the bike machines that allow you to get the same sensation as being on a real bike. With the stationary bike, there is no worry about falling or inclement weather keeping you from exercising!

Swimming

The great thing about swimming is that you can move at your own pace. Swimming is considered a great exercise universally because it works out the entire body at once, providing elements of both strength and cardio!

Being in the water puts minimal stress on your bones and joints. In fact, the water helps to relax muscles, so you aren’t putting too much strain on your body while working out. Brightwood Living Community also offers water aerobics classes for a great way to get in shape while interacting with others!

Yoga/Pilates

Yoga & Pilates build both strength and flexibility. These low-impact forms of exercise are also great ways to relieve stress. Pilates is different from yoga in that it focuses more on core stability than anything else.

This is great for older adults because it helps to improve balance, preventing potential falls. Both forms of exercise move at a slow pace and keep a focus on steady breathing so that you are exercising while relaxing the mind as well.

Life is Good at Brightwood!

Since 1992, Brightwood has been the senior living community of choice for those who want to enjoy the ease of life without sacrificing their space, privacy, and individuality. We are a gated senior community located in the Greater Baltimore area, with 80 homes spread across our beautiful, 50 acre property.

The amenities and services that we provide will surely enhance your life enjoyment, sense of security, and well-being. For more information, contact us at (410)-339-3200 or visit our website www.brightwoodliving.org.

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