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Six Fun Ways Seniors Can Stay In Shape

January 5 2018

Six Fun Ways Seniors Can Stay In ShapeBeing an active adult in your golden years is important for your overall health and well being. However, as your body ages, you cannot always enjoy the physical activities you once could. Luckily, there are plenty of options for seniors to stay in shape. Here are some of the best activities for senior citizens to get their daily exercise:

1. Dancing

Dancing can improve cardiovascular health, build muscle, and improve flexibility. Not only does dancing help you stay in shape, but it can improve balance, coordination, and posture. There are a variety of dances seniors can do no matter what their physical shape.

2. Yoga

Yoga is great for seniors because it is a low impact workout. Yoga does not stress muscles or joints but can help you build strength, improve flexibility, and helps with cardiovascular health. It can also have therapeutic benefits for a variety of physical ailments like back, hip, and neck pain.

3. Swimming

Swimming is another low impact workout because the buoyancy of the water supports your body. Swimming can even benefit seniors who have reduced mobility and rely on mobility assistive aids. Swimming builds strength in your muscles and joints and improves your cardiovascular health.

4. Tai Chi

Tai chi is an ancient form of martial arts that is extremely low impact. The slow pace and deliberate moves can help keep your body in shape but also improves balance, coordination, and even fine motor skills. Tai chi classes are also a fun way to socialize with other active seniors.

5. Senior-Friendly Sports

There are a whole variety of sports that senior citizens can do including golfing, bowling, bocce ball, and shuffleboard. All of these sports not only have the benefit of helping you stay in shape, they are a great way to get out and meet other active adults.

6. Walking

Walking is the easiest way for seniors to stay fit. Whether outdoors or in a mall, with a buddy or alone, walking can help strengthen muscles, get your heart pumping, and keep your muscles strong. Make sure that you have good support shoes if you decide to start walking.
Staying active is an important part of senior living. That is why at Lockwood Senior Living, we offer a variety of senior-friendly, low-impact exercise options. If you are looking for a great community to stay active in your later years, give us a call today to learn more about our exercise programs.