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National Senior Health and Fitness Day: 5 Age-Friendly Physical Activities

National Senior Health and Fitness Day: 5 Age-Friendly Physical Activities

May 25, 2022, 01:15
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Brisk walking for 150 minutes over a week is good practice for maintaining good health. (Photo credit: Pixabay)

Seniors should not give up physical activities blaming their ever increasing age, but in fact engage in low impact physical activities and exercises to stay healthy and keep moving.

National Seniors Health and Fitness Day is observed on the last Wednesday of May each year to promote the health of seniors.

Here is a list of five physical activities for seniors.

The best form of cardio for all age groups is walking. It is the least stressful and most accessible form of exercise one can do.

Distance and step goals may be different for each individual based on their age and other factors.

Notably, 10,000 steps per day is advised for a healthy lifestyle, however, those who have difficulty walking can opt for fewer steps.

Remember watching Iris train Arthur to walk in the pool by Vacations? Aquagym is exactly that.

This form of exercise is very beneficial for people with arthritis and other joint pain because the buoyancy of the water does not put much pressure on the muscles and they can move without pain.

Water aerobics improves your flexibility, balance and strength.

Pilates are low impact exercises that focus on breathing, alignment and core strength.

To do pilates, all you need are mats, pilates balls, and a few other props to strengthen yourself without having to go through the stress of high-impact exercises.

Pilates improves balance, builds core strength and increases flexibility in older adults.

They can be introduced with rehabilitation programs after surgical procedures.

Yoga helps you improve your flexibility and balance and also acts as a strength training exercise.

Yoga will also help you sleep better.

While not all yoga asanas can be practiced by older people, nor would they benefit them, here are a few that older people can greatly benefit from: Katichakrasana, Trikonasana, Badhakonasana, Shishuasana, and Bhujangasana.

Remember to be comfortable during the asanas.

Bicycle or stationary bike

Stationary bikes are readily available at most gyms, and you can also buy and keep one at home.

If you can ride a bike on the road then nothing like that since you would also get some fresh air.

The stationary bike is like aerobics, which means the best part is that it doesn’t put any impact on your joints, which reduces the risk of injury.