Exercise for Older Adults
Physical activity is an important part of healthy aging. According to Harvard Medical School, adults & seniors who exercise regularly are able to be more independent and rely on others less. Exercise improves balance and increases energy levels, as well as boosts your immune system.
Where to Start
Water aerobics - Water provides natural resistance to your workout without stressing your joints. This kind of exercise is especially good for those with arthritis and other kinds of joint pain.
Chair yoga - Chair yoga provides a low-impact form of exercise that combines mobility, balance, muscle strength, and flexibility.
Walking - Walking is one of the most accessible forms of exercise. Walking helps to strengthen muscles and bones, improve balance, and reduce the risk of heart disease.
If it's been a while since you've been active, make sure to start slowly. The amount of exercise you need varies based on your health and age. Always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.