A Senior Workout: Include Exercises for Seniors with Strength Training
A Senior Workout should start slowly with exercises that match your aging parents recent activity levels. Those moderately active can begin with relatively moderate-intensity aerobic activity. They should avoid vigorous intensity activities, such as shoveling snow or running. Senior adults with a low level of fitness can begin with light senior exercises.
"older adults need at least -- walking 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week and
weight training: muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms)".
Try Bicep Curls as part of an Upper Body Workout.
First, think about duration, intensity and frequency Start slowly. If your mom needs to start with 5 minutes of exercise -- so be it. Increase the minutes (duration) by one minute per week. The intensity of the exercise (how hard she is working) should be determined by listening to her AND her doctor. Frequency is the key to developing senior fitness. The goal is not to work to complete exhaustion once a month. But developing a routine that can be sustained several times a week.
Scientific research has shown that increasing low intensity exercise produces a very low risk of injury to the heart of muscle skeletal system. A light- to moderate–intensity activity, such as 5 to 15 minutes of walking per session, 2 to 3 times a week.
Consider Your Parent's Age
The amount of time required to adapt to a new level of activity probably depends on age. Older adults require more time to adapt to a new level of activity, in the range of 2 to 4 weeks.
Level of Fitness
Less fit adults are at higher risk of injury when doing a given amount of activity, compared to fitter adults. Slower rates of increase over time may reduce injury risk.Pay special attention if your parents are overweight. There is already more strain on the heart so that they would need to progress at a much slower rate.
Review these conditions with your aging parents before they begin their senior workout program.
They need to remember how their bodies have adjusted to exercise before. Start a new exercise program at a slower rate if you've had any challenges before.
Before starting a new exercise program, you must make sure your aging parents will be safe. Follow these safety rules for exercising from the National Institutes of Health.
Safety Tips for a Senior Workout
Should NOT be Initiated:
Wait at least 2 hours after you eat to start your exercise routine.
Don't exercise if you have a fever.
Do not exercise if you have high blood pressure and have not consulted your doctor for your limits.
If your knee or elbow or ankle is swollen, painful and warm to the touch DON'T exercise, see a doctor.
If you have osteoporosis, talk to your doctor about any exercises that would be safe. Exercise that involves stretching or flexing the spine should be approved directly by your doctor.
Do not exercise if you develop a new pain or symptom. Swelling, shortness of breath, extreme tiredness and you should get your parents to the doctor.