It’s no secret that exercise is essential for all age groups. Exercise is vital to maintaining good physical and mental health, lowering the risk of heart disease and diabetes, reducing blood pressure, improving bone strength, and lessening many other health risks that benefit from a good exercise regimen. As you age, staying limber is even more important as bones and muscle mass begin to deteriorate and other health problems appear.
For older adults, exercise is a way to reduce the risk of falling by improving core muscles, abdominal muscles, and overall bone and joint health. At Homestead Village, we’re always looking for new ways to enhance the lives of our residents and make them feel more active and energized. There are many fitness opportunities that we offer, but we also want to help educate you and your loved ones on what exercises may work best for you.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one in four older people (65+) fall each year, and nearly one in five of those falls cause injuries like broken bones. As you age, it’s important to prepare for changes in your body to hopefully avoid these injuries going forward. So, what is the best exercise for seniors? We’ll walk you through a few low-impact, gentle exercises that will go easier on aging bodies.
To lower your risk of falling and avoiding those associated injuries, it’s important to improve your balance. Keeping you on your feet and improving your core muscles is essential as you get older. Here at Homestead Village, our expert staff will work with you to come up with a routine that is exactly catered to your fitness needs. Here are a few exercises to help get you started:
In addition to these exercises, we also offer an Otago Exercise Program here at Homestead Village. This program focuses on strengthening your core and improving balance to help prevent falls. Ask us for more details about the program if you’re interested.
Strength training doesn’t need to be as intense as it sounds. Simply working your core muscles and increasing muscle mass with a few low-impact exercises will go a long way in helping to improve your overall health. Our indoor fitness center, combined with our beautiful 90-acre Lancaster County campus, helps Homestead Village residents thrive where they are stay fit all year round. But you don’t even need to leave the house to do these simple strength exercises:
A lot of older adults face poor circulation issues as they age; this can cause cramping, swollen feet, and aching in extremities. Luckily, cardio and other low-impact exercises are great for getting your heart pumping and blood flowing. Homestead Village has several types of physical therapy that can help with pain management, mobility training, or gait stability. In addition to using our onsite facilities, here are a few recommended exercises to help improve your circulation:
While exercising may be intimidating or even frightening as you age, keeping up a regular routine is so important to keeping yourself healthy. At Homestead Village, our mission is to enhance independence while still creating a compassionate community for you to live in. We care about your wellness and want to give you every tool that you need to help improve your quality of life. Talk to us today about the services we offer and what we can do for you or your loved ones.