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The Senior’s Guide to Maintaining an Exercise Routine

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Physical activity helps keep both your body and mind in great shape. That’s why it’s important to maintain an exercise routine throughout all stages of life. Seniors can especially benefit from remaining physically active, as regular exercise can help them regain flexibility and improve their heart health. Be sure to consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program. These tips can help you start and maintain an exercise routine in your senior community to positively impact your health and wellbeing:

Find Activities You Enjoy

Once you’ve consulted a doctor and learned what exercises are safe for you, it’s time to start trying them out. Exercise should be fun and engaging, as this makes it much easier to stick to a routine and take advantage of the benefits. If you are looking for low-impact exercises, try walking, swimming, or doing yoga. If you want something a little faster-paced, consider hiking or taking aerobics classes. When you find a workout routine you enjoy, you’ll look forward to exercising regularly.

Choose a Workout Buddy

Some people find it hard to stay motivated when it comes to working out. If this sounds like you, then consider finding one or more friends to exercise with you. Your senior community is the perfect place to find peers who are interested in staying fit. You and your workout buddy can hold each other accountable and motivate each other to exercise regularly, whether that means walking around your senior living campus or finding fitness classes.

Easy Exercise Ideas

You may still be wondering what types of exercises you can do or should avoid. If you don’t have access to weights or a gym, there are still plenty of things you can do. Squats improve your strength and may help you avoid falling. Push-ups don’t require any equipment and can be modified if you have trouble performing them. Try putting your knees on the ground and doing a push-up, you will likely find it much easier.

Exercises to Avoid

Running is an exercise that should generally be avoided by older adults. This activity is too impactful and can be hard on the knees. Walking at a brisk pace is a much better option. Be sure to avoid using weights that are too heavy as this can cause serious problems for older bodies.

Staying fit is easy when you live here at Parkwood Heights Senior Living Community. We have scheduled exercise classes along with a fitness center.Learn more about our senior living options by contacting 585-223-7595 or 315-986-9100 or email to