When it comes to the best exercises for those 55 and older, there are so many exercise options available—options that are vital for increasing mobility and flexibility, maintaining balance, and improving muscle strength and endurance. Wondering which ones are best? A few may surprise you!
Now, don’t get us wrong: walking is still GREAT, but just know that if you’re 55 or older, there are a plethora of other exercises to complement your daily regimen. Below are five exercises to consider. Reminder: when trying any new exercise regimen, consult your doctor first. And be mindful of your own limits.
As this Huffington Post article notes, “Yoga helps adults maintain a fitter body, calmer mind and feel more relaxed. Recent studies have shown that yoga can normalize your blood pressure and even balance your nervous system all while using breathing techniques to cleanse your air passages; this cleansing also helps mature adults prevent respiratory ailments.”
Instead, consider this advice from Next Avenue (“where grown-ups keep growing”): “For the greatest strength benefits within a safe range, aim for a weight where you can get 10 reps, where the last couple reps are challenging.”
New to weights? Consider starting with hand weights. WebMD says, “Start with a hand weight that you can comfortably handle for eight repetitions. Gradually add more reps until you can complete 12.”
Other strength training exercises:
3. Swimming. We loved it when we were kids, so why not embrace your inner child and reconnect with the waves? Swimming is a great, low-impact way to tone muscles while getting an aerobic workout at the same time. Plus, you have even more options than simply doing laps: water aerobics is so much fun that you’ll swear it’s not even exercise.
4. Pilates. A common ailment among people of all ages — back problems. Well, guess what can help? A strong core. And nothing focuses on your core like Pilates.
Pilates is the art of using controlled movements that condition the body by creating long lean muscles without the bulk. Strengthen, lengthen, and tone all core and stabilization areas while increasing flexibility, range of motion, and perfecting posture. Learn more about our group classes, including Pilates, here.
Remember, regular exercise regimens and healthful diets are important no matter how old you are. So get moving! If you’re in New Jersey, definitely check out the exercise programs we offer. We cater to people of all ages and fitness levels.