Great Exercises for Aging Joints | Executive Care of Seattle-Eastside

It’s important for people of all ages to incorporate regular exercise into their daily routine. But it’s even more important during the aging process to help promote good health and quality of life.

But what about our aging loved ones with joint pain or mobility issues? Exercise isn’t always easy—so let’s take a look at some low-impact exercises that go easy on the joints!

Walk

Walking is the most basic of all exercises, and it is a low impact way to get the blood pumping! Even our aging loved ones with some limited mobility can likely find the energy and time to get in a bit of walking each day.

Even if your loved one is out of shape or not up for walking around much, you can help him or her get into the habit of walking over a few weeks. Just getting up to walk for as little as 10 minutes a day can make a hug difference.

Sitting Strength Exercises

For seniors that rely on a wheelchair or walker, getting in even a short daily walk is not going to be the best option. Don’t let a lack of mobility discourage your loved one from getting the exercise that he or she needs—there are plenty of options for exercises that can be done from a chair!

Seniors with a variety of ranges of motion can enjoy some upper body chair exercises. Start by warming up with some simple neck stretches and shoulder circles to loosen up tight joints.

Once stretched, work on strengthening the arm muscles using light weights or even household objects like cans of food to perform a seated row by drawing the elbows back and squeezing the shoulder blades together. Engage the trapezius muscles with some slow shoulder rolls between sets.

Finally, work out the core and stretch out the back with some gentle seated abdominal twists.

Swimming

Swimming on its own is a great full-body exercise that’s well known for being low impact. Make that water workout more intense and more interesting by mixing in some swimming exercises, too!

Stretch and strengthen the legs by using a kickboard or the side of the pool for some quick kicks or slow leg swings.

Limited mobility in the legs or hips? Try standing on the floor of the pool or treading water and doing some arm exercises like arm circles, curls or chest flies. Use water weights for even more of a workout!

Keeping your loved ones healthy and independent is our top priority at Executive Care of Seattle-Eastside. Visit us online to learn more about our services!

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