Empowered Aging: Crafting the Perfect Exercise Routine for Seniors

An older man smiles while exercising in a pool as he works to find the best exercise routine for seniors like him.
Embrace the joy of movement and fitness by finding the right exercise routine for seniors.

The countdown is on to the new year, which means only one thing: deciding on a resolution you can make that you will actually be motivated to keep. Why not consider setting a goal that will help both you and someone you love live healthier and feel happier?

A regular exercise routine for seniors is essential, yet not always very easy to start or maintain. One good way to keep motivated is to find an accountability partner and encourage one another. If you are providing care for an older family member, you have the perfect opportunity to help each other become more physically fit! But it is important to first know how much and what forms of exercise are best for older adults.

What’s the Right Exercise Routine for Seniors?

This varies from one person to another, and should always start with a visit to the physician for a complete check-up and recommendations. Whatever an individual’s ability level, appropriate exercise is important. It improves bone density, muscle mass, heart and lung functioning, and much more, including improving mood and emotional wellbeing.

There are some general guidelines for exercise for older adults, and the news couldn’t be better: even a modest amount of physical activity will make a big difference. As little as 15 – 20 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (running, swimming, playing tennis or basketball) has been shown to reduce mortality rate by 16 – 40%.

What Are Some Good Exercises for Older Adults?

Some of the best aerobic exercises to consider, which can be modified as required based on ability level, include:

  • Dancing, which helps strengthen multiple muscle groups while improving balance and mood – and, if dancing with a partner, socialization too.
  • Walking, especially in nature, to experience diverse terrains and the psychological effects that come from spending time outdoors, including a boost in mood, lowered stress and anxiety, and much more.
  • Cycling, either on a stationary or outdoor bike: a great low impact activity that benefits the heart, lungs, and large muscles.

How to Get Started

Getting started with a new fitness program can be the most difficult part. Here are some tips to help you both achieve success:

  • Be sure to stay hydrated.
  • Begin slowly and set attainable goals. Then celebrate reaching them!
  • Include warm-up and cool-down periods.
  • Select activities that are fun. With so many options, there is no reason to settle for a tedious, boring routine.
  • If any pain or discomfort is experienced, stop.

Let Us Help!

A caregiver from Serenity Home Care makes an excellent exercise buddy to help older adults stay on track with a new or existing physical fitness routine. We are here to provide transportation to the gym, pool, senior center, or anywhere else the person wants to go. We also make great walking partners! Reach out to us at 250.590.8098 to find out more about our senior care services in Oak Bay, Victoria, Langford, and surrounding areas.