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Senior Fitness activities that are most beneficial to seniors

By Daniel @ LivingSenior - November 15, 2011

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In one's golden years, health becomes vitally important. Perhaps it always has been - perhaps you used to run marathons or have hiked Everest. No matter your fitness regimes in your younger years, one can’t always do what they used to. Running may be too hard on your heart and joints, for example, and new fitness routines and regimes need to be explored. Or if you weren’t the most athletic in your youth, you still want a longer and healthier life – and health and fitness are all the more important to accomplish that.

There are many wonderful ways to stay fit and limber. A healthy fitness routine will help battle all scores of diseases, including reducing arthritis and stiffness, as well as combating Alzheimer’s or dementia. It’s great for your heart, mind, and soul.

All of the fitness regimes in this blog promise the following benefits:

1. Relief of the physical effects of stress

2. Promotes deep breathing, or safe cardio routines

3. Reduces bone loss in menopausal women

4. Reduces the effects of osteoporosis in men & women

5. Improves lower body and leg strength

6. Helps with arthritis pain

7. Reduces blood pressure

8. Accumulates energy by releasing endorphins, a hormone that produces energy

9. Enhances mental capacity and concentration

10. Improves balance and stability by strengthening ankles, knees, and core muscles

11. Promotes faster recovery from strokes and heart attacks

12. Improves conditions of Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s

Let’s explore some of the best fitness activities, and why they are considered the best and most appropriate, for seniors.


Swimming is a great way to keep your heart fit, as it provides for good cardio. It’s also used in physical therapy for injured or strained joints. In other words, it’s not only easy on the joints, but it’s good for them! It’s a great way to keep your shoulders, elbows and knees strong and limber. Water Aerobics is also a wonderful way to stay fit, and can be more engaging for some than swimming laps.


Bicycling is also easy on the joints, and especially good for your knees. It’s also a wonderful cardio workout. You can either bike on a stationary machine, or bike outside. It’s safer to bike on a stationary machine, but if you are healthy and able, biking outside is a great hobby as well as a fitness routine.


Tai-Chi is a fluid, easy-on-the-body fitness routine that is one of the most highly rated for seniors. The movements are also easy on the joints, as it incorporates fluid body poses that you hold while breathing deeply. It keeps your heart rate slow and steady, so is safe for people with high blood pressure who can’t handle too much cardio. It’s a great lower-body strengthening routine as well, which helps for better stability and balance, and healthier bones. It is a fitness routine that also focuses much on relaxing the mind.


Yoga is another very highly rated fitness regime for seniors. Alike to Tai-Chi, it’s incorporates deep breathing and holding poses to strengthen the body, and inspires very much to relax the mind and relieve stress. It’s also a low impact fitness routine, so is wonderful for the joints. Much of Yoga is about stretching. It keeps the body and joints limber and strong. It’s also great for the heart, and keeps your heart rate low and steady – so it’s safe for people suffering with heart conditions who cannot handle heavy cardio. It improves posture and greatly helps to battle osteoporosis.

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