Exercises for Seniors

It is important to exercise during every stage of life in order to stay healthy. As you get older, muscle and bone loss becomes more common. There are a variety of exercises that are important in your golden years. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends 150 minutes of exercise per week for seniors.

What type of exercises should you be doing?

Balance training: Falls are common among adults over the age of 65, so working on maintaining your balance can be very beneficial. Balance exercises not only work on keeping you upright, but can also build leg muscles.

Strength training: Since bone and muscle loss are so common in seniors, strength training can help fight that. Use light weights about two to three times per week to do arm lifts and bicep curls.

Flexibility training: Stretching is important and often overlooked. It should be done about two to three times per week. Stretching is essential to help with your range of motion.

Cardio training:  Cardio not only gets your heart rate up, but also keeps your weight down. According to U.S. News Health, it is important to go for a 20 to 30 minute walk three times per week.

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