We all know the importance of exercise, and as we get older, the importance of it doesn't change. What does change is the bodies ability to do exercise, and as a result, if you don't exercise to suit your needs, it could lead to an injury. We are bringing you the best exercises for the elderly to make sure you can keep fit, but most importantly, keep safe!


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Walking

Group of elderly people walking in the park

One of the best exercises for the elderly is walking. This is dependant on your level of mobility, but even just walking around the house is enough to keep your strength up and keep those muscles moving. If your mobility is good, going for a walk outside is ideal for helping keep your body moving. If you can't walk far but still want to go outside, take someone with you if you need help.

Exercise Bikes

An elderly man exercising on a recumbent exercise bike

A perfect option for those who prefer getting a bit of exercise at home is a stationary, recumbent bike. A recumbent bike is designed to provide good quality exercise without putting pressure on your back, knees and joints. With them being in your home, you can even put them where you want; whether that's so, you can look out the window or watch television whilst exercising.

Swimming/Water Aerobics

Group of elderly ladies in a water aerobics exercise class

Another exercise for the elderly that's good on the joints is swimming and water aerobics. The buoyancy of the water helps to take the pressure off of your joints, making exercising a lot easier. Water also provides natural resistance making your workout more effective than if it was done on dry land. Exercising in a swimming pool can be done all year round too with indoor and outdoor poos.

Yoga

Four elderly people doing yoga in chairs

Yoga is essentially light stretching, but it can be a great way to really work all of those vital muscles that can be affected by age. You can do the full process, or you can do yoga seated in a chair. Either way, practising yoga can improve flexibility, balance and mobility to help keep you moving freely for longer and helping to prevent any trips or falls.

Light Weights

two elderly people lifting light weight dumbbells

As you grow older, your muscle mass decreases, so it's important to try and prevent this as much as possible. Light dumbbells and resistance bands can make sure you aren't out of pocket with the bonus of being able to exercise at home and keep your muscles stronger for longer. Using weights when doing light exercise and stretches can really make a difference.

As you get older, it can be harder to find the energy to exercise and make sure you are safe whilst doing it. It's important to know your limits and not go too far, but these exercises for the elderly will keep you fit and independent for longer.

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Before beginning any exercise or nutrition program, consult your physician, doctor or other professional. This is especially important for individuals over the age of 35 or persons with pre-existing health problems. Exercise.co.uk assumes no responsibility for personal injury or property damage sustained using our advice.

If you experience dizziness, nausea, chest pain, or any other abnormal symptoms, stop the workout at once and consult a physician or doctor immediately.