Regular physical activity is a very important part of living a healthy lifestyle that can ensure a long life for you. But, what about older adults who have arthritis or an existing injury, some form of exercise can be uncomfortable to the extent of even being painful. The best way for senior people to avoid joint stress and pain while exercising is by keeping impact low.
At Anthem Senior Living in Phoenix, AZ, all our exercise programs are designed to be low impact which is way safer and more beneficial for older adults with arthritis or joint pain as it adds weight slowly putting less stress on muscles, joints and tissues. If you have senior family members suffering from memory or mobility issues, they would need round the clock support for their well-being. Book a suite at ASL and expect for your loved one to receive the best form of Anthem assisted living care and support. ASL has a long history in serving seniors. We are equipped only with the friendliest of staff.
Low Impact Exercise– As the same suggests, low impact exercise is any exercise that is easy on the joints and fluid in motion. Individuals with arthritis or any form of joint pain can benefit immensely as low impact exercise is essential for strengthening their muscles around their joints and improves bone strength. In this type of exercise, usually at least one foot remains in contact with the ground at all times or the entire body is supported. Walking, swimming, cycling, aerobics, Pilates, yoga, etc. are some examples.
Low Impact Cardio Exercises– When talking about low impact cardio exercises, walking is the most popular out of all because it can be done both indoors and outdoors. Walking is highly recommended for seniors who have arthritis or joint pain. Your joints can turn more stiff and painful when there’s lack of movement.
The most important thing to do is to consult with your physician before trying any new exercise.
Fun Low Impact Exercises for Seniors:
Walking– We have already mentioned walking is the most popular which is very easy on the joints that can enable older adults keeping up with a walking routine until very late in life.
Yoga– Yoga combines endurance with stretches, strength training, flexibility, and balance.
Tai Chi- Tai Chi improves balance, strength and flexibility. It is a meditative exercise that flows slowly from pose to pose. The biggest benefit of this exercise for seniors is improved balance that can help prevent falls, a major cause of injury and death among seniors.
Swimming- It has a lower risk of injury than most other exercises and also relieves stress on your bones and joints.
Low impact aerobics include walking, dancing, swimming, chair and water aerobics, bouncing on an exercise ball, etc. A low impact exercise such as dancing can lower the risk for Alzheimer’s and dementia.
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