Seniors who exercise gain physical, mental and emotional benefits that they would not get by sitting still. Whether it is gardening, walking or a more intense activity, regular exercise improves seniors’ well-being, especially when they work out with friends or family.

Fitness is not something we should retire from because we reach a certain age. Endurance, muscle strength and flexibility matter throughout our lives. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), seniors who stay active:

  • Have more energy
  • Improve balance, which lowers risks for falls
  • Prevent heart disease, diabetes and other serious health problems
  • Sustain joint health
  • Reduce their chances for depression
  • Remain independent longer because they maintain strength and mobility

Balance Your Exercise Program

Ideally, a senior’s exercise program should incorporate aerobic conditioning, flexibility exercises, strength training and relaxation techniques. Combining these four components helps seniors maximize health benefits and keep their routine interesting.

Here are just a few exercise suggestions:

  • Brisk walking
  • Jogging
  • Gardening
  • Climbing stairs
  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Free weights
  • Resistance bands
  • Weight machines
  • Meditation