Exercise for the elderly

Happy elderly people exercising with resistance bands as part of elderly fitness programmes

It is recommended that elderly people exercise regularly to help them with ageing well

We understand that health issues may cause loss of stamina and agility, however it is still recommended that everyone do some form of regular exercise within their abilities. By remaining active, you can boost your immune system, keep your brain stimulated and prevent cognitive decline. Participating in regular exercise will strengthen your cardiovascular system, prevent bone density loss and chronic diseases.

In your later years, low impact exercises that focus on flexibility, strength, balance and cardiovascular health are a great way to stay active. Combining any exercise or activity with meeting or making new friends can help with remaining sociable. By making a commitment to others, you are more likely to see it through and make exercise a regular healthy habit. Here are some low impact exercises you could take part in:

  • Chair exercises are ideal for those with limited mobility or balance issues. These exercises can be done while seated or holding onto a chair for support and can help improve strength, flexibility and circulation.
  • Walking is a simple, low impact exercise that can be done almost anywhere. It helps improve cardiovascular health, strengthens muscles and supports joint health. 
  • Light resistance training using resistance bands or light weights can help maintain muscle mass and bone density, improve balance and prevent falls.
  • Water based exercises, such as swimming or water aerobics, are gentle on the joints while providing a full-body workout, improving cardiovascular fitness, strength, and flexibility.
  • Tai Chi is a slow, gentle form of exercise that emphasises flowing movements and deep breathing. It can improve balance, flexibility, strength and mental wellbeing.
  • Yoga promotes flexibility, strength, and balance through a series of poses and breathing exercises. It can help improve joint health, reduce stress and enhance overall wellbeing.
  • Cycling, whether on an exercise  bike or outdoors, provides a low impact cardiovascular workout that is easy on the joints. It can help improve cardiovascular health and leg strength.
  • Golf is a leisurely sport that provides opportunities for gentle exercise, social interaction and spending time outdoors. Walking the course and swinging the club can help improve flexibility, strength and coordination.

If you have any existing health issues, it is important to consult with your doctor before starting any new elderly fitness programme. This is to ensure it is safe and appropriate for your individual health needs and abilities. Additionally, starting slowly and gradually increasing intensity can help prevent injury.

About Bright Care

Remaining active can be a contributing factor to your loved ones remaining independent and able to stay in their own home as they get older. Our in-home companionship style of care, delivered by our exceptional Carers, is designed to bring joy and purpose to those in their later years.

Please contact our team to find out more about our in-home care and companionship services. Please call us on 0330 024 1327 or complete our contact form.

If you are looking for a rewarding career in care, we are recruiting in Scotland and the South East of England for daytime Care Assistants and we are recruiting Live-in Carers across the whole of Scotland and England. Please apply now.