One of the best things people do for their health is exercise. For older adults, it has been shown that exercise helps with chronic disease prevention, mental health and cognitive function improvement and more.
Benefits from exercise usually come with consistent participation. Seniors may find some exercises a bit too strenuous for them but there are low-impact exercises available that they can readily practice like Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi:
- Yoga will help to build muscle, stabilize your core, improve flexibility, balance and strengthen bones but won’t strain your joints. The beauty of yoga is that even if some poses might be too advanced for older adults, they can be easily adapted to suit beginners and individuals with limited mobility. Other benefits of yoga include chronic pain relief, better sleep, decreased blood pressure, less stress, and diabetes management.
- Pilates provides an effective workout while also being gentle on your joints. Many of the exercises are performed while in a sitting or reclining position. The focus is on strengthening your core to improve balance and stability. It has been shown to reduce the effects of arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. If you haven’t exercised in a long time, Pilates is a great option for you.
- Tai Chi is often called “meditation in motion” and is one of the most effective exercises for the health of mind and body. It is relaxing and takes about only 20 minutes a day. The practice of Tai Chi has been shown to help with the prevention of falls, reduction in the effects of arthritis, improvement of low bone density, help with breast cancer and its side effects, heart disease, hypertension, Parkinson’s disease, sleep problems and stroke.
Torrance Memorial and Optimum Life Educational Foundation (OLEF) at Bartlett Senior Center in Torrance offer fitness classes for seniors.
Before starting any exercise program, consult your health professional to ask if it is safe for you to participate, and if there are any precautions you should take (not exercising alone, exertion level, etc.). Ask which types of exercise you would benefit from the most.
Staying strong, healthy and mobile helps seniors live a fulfilled life in their own homes. Sometimes assistance with housekeeping, shopping, or cooking gives us more free time to enjoy activities, exercise or socialize.
Contact A Peaceful Way Home Care at 310-377-3776 for more information about how in home care enriches the lives of seniors in Torrance, Palos Verdes and the South Bay.