Easy to Use Exercise Equipment for Seniors
As we age, our bodies lose strength, but that doesn’t mean you need to stop exercising. The most recommended exercise equipment for seniors is easy to use and provides a low impact workout that doesn’t strain your muscles and joints.
Improving Posture and Upper Back Strength
As we age, backaches, poor posture, and back weakness are more common. Strengthening the back muscles is one of the most important things seniors can do. Lat pull-downs and seated rows are both terrific exercises for improving posture and strength. Investing in a home gym is a great way to gain access to these exercises and many others.
Rowing is an intense workout, so if you’re already in shape and want a total body workout for your arms, legs, back, and abs, a rowing machine can be a great idea. If you have lower back problems, a rowing machine may not be the best idea.
Stationary Exercise Bikes
Stationary exercise bikes, especially recumbent bikes, are excellent exercise choices for seniors. If you have lower back problems, you’ll definitely want to invest in a recumbent bike which provides more support and a more comfortable seat. Even if your back is healthy, upright exercise bikes that do not have this kind of support can cause strain. Recumbent bikes are also safer than upright bikes. They are ideal for arthritis sufferers and others with joint problems.
Elliptical machines are good choices for seniors because they are easy on the back, knees, and hips. In fact, they are among the most low-impact exercise machines on the market. If you haven’t used one before, it can take some time to get used to the motion of an elliptical. For added stability, use the armrests or choose a machine with movable arms. Keep your shoulders back and your back straight as you use it. Go at a pace that feels challenging but controlled.
Many seniors walk for exercise, and treadmills are a great way for you keep your fitness schedule consistent even when cold, icy, or hot weather is a problem. In your own home, you’ll be able to adjust the temperature so it’s comfortable for you. Treadmills are also usually programmable so you can adjust your pace and resistance to stay challenged. Supportive handrails will also make you feel more stable during your workout.
Depending on your fitness level, lifting weights may be challenging, but keeping our bones and muscles strong is essential as we age. Investing in small hand weights is a good place to start. Choose a low weight in the beginning and as you improve, build up the amount that you lift.
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