Exercise: whether you love it or hate it, it’s undeniable that staying active is the key to good health. But if you aren’t already a regular gym goer, it’s easy to get intimidated by the prospect of exercising after age 60. If this sounds like you, fear not; there are plenty of options for exercises that can be done at any age and ability level.
At Ventura Townehouse, we understand the importance of regular exercise during retirement, and that’s why our senior living community includes a fitness expert as well as personalized fitness programs. In this article, we explore several popular exercises for seniors over 60.
Though it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of exercising, walking is an incredibly effective workout. It’s also beginner-friendly and accessible – no gym or special equipment required. In fact, you might be better off without the treadmill, thanks to the brain-boosting powers of the great outdoors. But whether you exercise inside or outside, the health benefits of walking are comparable to running, while being much less demanding and easier on your joints. Walking reduces the risk of cancer, stroke, and heart disease, and it also improves posture, cholesterol, and blood pressure.
Swimming and other water exercises are a common recommendation for seniors looking to expand their exercise repertoire, and with good reason. Water provides natural resistance, creating the perfect setting for low-impact strength training and a full-body workout. By including water exercises in your weekly routine, you’ll quickly see benefits like improved lung capacity, flexibility, and circulation.
Yoga is popular among all ages and fitness levels due to its low-impact nature. Poses can be easily modified to suit various limitations; for example, chair yoga for those with limited mobility. Props such as foam blocks and blankets can be incorporated into different poses to take pressure off the joints. Regular yoga practice improves balance and core strength, lowers blood pressure, and lessens the symptoms of menopause, among many other benefits.
As you can see, regardless of age or ability level, there are many fun and accessible ways to exercise. By choosing workouts that are both engaging and appropriate, you’ll find it nearly effortless to get your 30 minutes of daily activity. Just be sure to check with your doctor before beginning any new exercise program.
Ventura Townehouse is a modern senior living community in Ventura County. Our fitness programs include cardio and weight training options, and our residents also enjoy walking in our beautiful outdoor space. To learn more about our retirement community,
My grandmother lives at the Ventura Townehouse and I feel confident that she is in good hands. They get her to her appointments and provide any aftercare that she may need. Everyone there is friendly and like family. I feel like I’m at home when I go there to visit her and eat with her in the dining room.
Recently, I visited my Mom from Chicago. Each day I offered to take us out and about in Ventura. We found ourselves having such an enjoyable time at the Townehouse we didn’t leave. The dining room was so lovey to enjoy with her friends. Patios welcoming and the activities kept us busy. We laughed and had fun all day! Thank you everyone for making me feel at home and making my visit special. It’s always hard to leave my mom. But not as hard when I know she is so happy! Until my next visit!
Staff is very helpful and always concerned about my Mother’s needs, the interior and grounds maintenance is exceptional. Dining provides healthy menus to choose from. Front desk staff is always friendly and helpful. Best decision we ever made was bringing my mom here.