3 Summer Workouts Seniors Can Do While Social Distancing

Summer is a terrific time to go outdoors, enjoy the sun, and get in some much-needed exercise. With the virus still being a concern in the state of Pennsylvania, these summer workouts are safe for all seniors to try out with the help of their at-home caregivers

But, first, here are some safety tips all active seniors should know and follow!

Walking

This was the most popular form of exercise during and after quarantine because it’s simple yet effective, and it allows people of all ages to safely enjoy the great outdoors. Seniors can especially benefit from taking a nice, leisurely stroll around the neighborhood or even a brisk walk if they’re up for it. Studies show that walking is perfect for improving physical and mental health in older adults. 

Physical Health

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Improve balance and coordination
  • Strengthen muscles and bones
  • Improve cardiovascular health
  • Boost immune system

Mental Health

  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Reduce stress
  • Boost energy levels
  • Improve outlook on life
  • Increase confidence

Weight Training

Many people don’t realize that sarcopenia (age-related loss of muscle tissue) can begin as early as 30 years of age and cause people to lose between three to five percent of muscle mass each decade. This condition accelerates as people enter their 60s and 70s, especially for seniors who are physically inactive. Therefore, incorporating weight training to regular exercise is an important part of healthy aging. 

It is recommended that seniors lift weights two to three times a week to prevent osteoporosis and improve brain function. This exercise should not be very vigorous as too much training, or weights that are too heavy will increase the risk of injuries.

Outdoor Yoga

Exercise doesn’t always have to get your heart pumping. Yoga is gentle, relaxing, and peaceful, yet it offers a host of benefits, such as: 

  • Improved flexibility
  • Improved balance and coordination
  • Improved mood and outlook on life
  • Less stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Stronger bones

There are several types of yoga to choose from, but not all of them are suitable for older adults. Speak with your doctor about which yoga is the best option for you before you get started. 

Contact CareGivers America, the largest caregiver agency for seniors and disabled adults in Pennsylvania, to learn more about their home care and home health care services. 

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