Is your gym membership still on pause during the pandemic? If so, it’s not a problem anymore! For seniors who are looking for fitness alternatives, you can get active right in your home. Read on below for some of our favorite at-home exercises perfect for seniors!
Stretch It Out
Regardless of if you’re stretching before or after your workout, it’s essential. Stretching helps your muscles to brace for the impact of your workout by getting them limbered up. If you’re looking for more serious stretching to improve your balance, coordination, and strength, you can dive into the world of yoga!
Lifting Light Weights
All you need is a pair of 2-3 pound dumbbells. If that isn’t an option, find objects around your home that weigh the same amount! Using light weights is great for a good arm workout. Low weights and high repetitions will help you tone your muscles right up.
Cardio and Aerobics
When it comes to cardio, you probably go right to walking or running. But you can change things up and have fun by doing something different like dancing and jumping rope, too! All of these activities are great aerobics and help you get your heart rate climbing and work to build your stamina and endurance.
Calisthenics and Props
Sometimes you don’t need anything else besides your body to do a few exercises. Body workouts are known as calisthenics! Squats and push-ups are great examples. Still, these aren’t always easy, so getting some assistance from a prop can be helpful.
Sometimes all you need for a good exercise is just your body! Calisthenics are body weight exercises, like squats and push-ups. While you don’t need any props or objects for these, they can be helpful if you need extra support or assistance. For example, a chair is great for squats. Stand in front of the chair, bend your knees, and lower yourself onto it. Then stand back up. Repeat the motion. You can use any wall to help with push-ups. Stand a few feet away and place your hands flat on the wall. Lower yourself towards the wall, and then push away from it again to complete the movement.
Are you in need of even more simple ways to get your workout in at home? We’re here to help! Call Home Care Assistance of Carmel for all of your senior care needs. Our friendly Care Managers are here to give advice and to help you schedule your consultation.