Best Physical Activities For Seniors

Best Physical Activities For Seniors

There are many well-known benefits of being physically active. One of the best ways to combat the progression of dementia is by consistently moving your body. Regular movement can help with mood swings, brain function, sleep and heart health. While it may be difficult to determine the best exercise for you or a loved one, there are a wide range of activities to engage in that can help with physical health.

Indoor Activities For Senior

Not all exercise has to take place out of doors. There are many things to choose from that take place in the nice, cool air. Below is an extensive list of activities you can do indoors that will help to keep you strong and healthy.

  • Indoor gym
  • Yoga
  • Bowling
  • Walking around a shopping mall or large building
  • Pilates
  • Youtube workouts
  • Play the Wii
  • Basic balance exercises

Outdoor Activities For Seniors

One of the greatest benefits of being outside is the sun! Why not kill two birds with one stone? Being outside provides many opportunities for exercise and beautiful scenery. Below is a list of different activities to do on a nice, sunny day.

  • Practice a sport with a younger child
  • Garden
  • Walk/jog/run
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Ride a bike
  • Swim
  • Go for a hike
  • Play golf
  • Pickleball
  • Rake leaves

Chair Based Exercises For Seniors

For Seniors who may have mobility issues, there are some chair based exercises that can help with pain relief, muscle tightness and joint stiffness. The list below are some suggestions on how to use a chair to help with mobility issues.

  • Stretch your back
  • Work your knees
  • Use a resistance band on upper and lower body
  • Meditation
  • Sit and Stand
  • Practice good posture
  • Build shoulder strength with seated press/raises
  • Stretch and strengthen the knees
  • Use a light-weight medicine ball to strengthen core

While this article does not cover every type of exercise that you could do, it is a starting place. Staying active is so important for overall health and can be especially beneficial for those who are struggling with memory loss. Orchard at Brookhaven offers daily activities that can keep the body moving. If you are interested in learning more about our community and activity programs, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!