8 best exercises for older people

8 best exercises for older people

When selecting any workout program always keep in mind the end goal that you need to achieve. Some people want to workout for fun, others might want to do it for rehabilitation or for improving their quality of life.

Whatever program you select the focus should always be to build strength, maintain muscle mass, stay active, and improve balance and stability. As you get older you have to be smart when selecting a particular workout program, always consult your doctor before starting any program.

Below are the best types of exercise for older adults. You are not required to add all the listed workouts to your daily life. Pick the ones that suit your needs and physical condition.

Swimming

For decades now swimming has been called the best exercise for the whole body. Swimming is a great physical activity increase your cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and agility. 10 to 30 minutes swimming session will keep your mind and body active throughout the day.

Walking

Walking is a workout that you can do anytime and anywhere. Humans were meant to always be on the move but over the years because of the lifestyle changes more and more people are spending more time on their couches. A simple morning or evening stroll in the park can have a lot of health benefits. Walking is a low-intensity workout that can improve your cardiovascular activity and improve stability.

Cycling

Cycling is another low-impact low-intensity exercise that improves cardiovascular fitness, agility, and flexibility.

Yoga

Yoga is age-old Indian holistic way of maintaining fitness. Yoga helps build muscle strength, agility, stability, balance, and flexibility. It also activates your nervous system that helps to improve brain activity.

"Yoga is for mind body and soul"

Pilates

Pilates is a strengthening program that focuses on your core body parts and improves strength and stability.

Bodyweight Training

Bodyweight exercises are a great way to start or end your day. These are simple exercises that you do without the need for any equipment. Some easy to do bodyweight exercises are stair-climbing, quarter squats, chair squats, single-leg stands and wall pushups.

Resistance-Band Training

Resistance-Band training is a form of training where you utilize rubber band for doing strength training. You pull and push the rubber bands to challenge the muscles in your body.

Zumba and Bhangra

Zumba is Colombian fitness program that involves dance and aerobic exercises performed to the beats of energetic music in a group. Bhangra fitness is a high energy dance form, performed to the heavy beats of the Punjabi music.