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Low Impact Can Be Highly Effective

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couple of weeks ago as I sat in a doctor’s

with your doctor or a trainer to determine what

waiting room for a routine checkup, I found

program you should follow.)

myself mesmerized by a television show that

featured “extreme low impact exercises” for seniors. As I watched, I began thinking of my own 94-yearold mother, who doesn’t go to bed at night until she has done her leg lifts, arm circles, ankle rotations, and back stretches. Maybe one reason my mom is a hale

DO YOGA – Yoga is fabulous exercise that will help increase flexibility and improve circulation, not to mention aid in relaxation. STRETCH – Take it slow, stretching every joint and muscle. This is not only good for your flexibility, but it

and healthy 94 is because she has always – always –

will help you avoid injuries.

been one to exercise.

WORK OUT WITH WATER AEROBICS – Like swim-

The TV show’s host was talking about the benefits

ming, water aerobics are easy on your body. Most

of regular exercise, which we all know: lower blood

classes provide great social interaction, too!

pressure, better balance and flexibility, reduced stress,

WORK IN THE GARDEN – Plant, weed, water, and

stronger muscles, better cardiovascular health. She

harvest … all these involve bending, lifting, pushing,

listed nine low impact movements/exercises that ev-

and pulling. And you’ll reap the benefits in more ways

eryone can do:

than one!

RIDE A BIKE – Use a stationary bike or an outdoor

SEATED MOVEMENT – If you need to stay in a chair

bike, whichever works best for you (and the weather).

to exercise, work on joint flexibility by working your

Your heart and joints will appreciate it!

wrists, ankles, knees, legs, hips, shoulders, neck, and

WALK – Even if it’s just up and down the hallway,

lower back.

walking is by far the most popular and least expensive

Active

low impact workout for seniors.

a long and healthy life. As always, if you are considering

SWIM – Whether you swim laps, do water aerobics,

starting or increasing your exercise program, even if it’s

or just walk in the pool with the water as resistance, you can go for hours without injury while getting a

seniors

are

more

likely

to

enjoy

going to be an “extreme low impact” program, consult with your physician first.

great (and enjoyable) workout. LIFT WEIGHTS – You may think that weight lifting is just for the younger set, but even using one-

Reprinted with permission from Global Move Media and Athens

pound hand weights while you walk will help fight

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bone density loss and increase your strength. (Talk

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Senior Living Choices - June 2019  

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