The elderly often pick up new interests and hobbies after their retirement. It is known amongst many that exercising or partaking in social activities, such as joining book or gardening clubs and having group exercises in the park, can provide great benefits for our loved ones. However, if you prefer to carry out your exercise routine indoors, there are many exercise equipment for the elderly to choose from. We have listed a few below to give you some ideas.
A stability ball, also known as an exercise or Swiss ball, is a lightweight ball that can differ in size to best suit different heights. They are easily purchased online or in-stores and may require you to inflate them yourself. However, this is a good trade-off as stability balls can be used for many different purposes. Whether you need something to help you stretch, challenge you during weightlifting, or even just to modify your abdominal exercises, stability balls are perfectly suited for the activity. Some people have even used stability balls as a replacement for their desk chairs!
Not only can they help to diversify the type of exercises you decide to try, but stability balls are also amazing for individuals who are looking to improve their balance. This is because the muscle activation needed to remain stable on the ball during exercises is applicable to maintaining your center of gravity during your everyday activities as well. If you can get used to doing exercises on a free-rolling ball, you will also be better able to stay upright any other time!
Recumbent Exercise Bike
Cycling is one of the best cardio workouts for older adults. Not only is it a low-impact activity that minimizes stress on the bones and joints, but it is also more non-strenuous and comfortable than other cardio exercises like running. Cycling is more conventionally known as an outdoor activity. However, we choose to recommend the recumbent exercise bike as the chair design and ability to customize speeds make it safer for people to get on and off and monitor their progress.
Furthermore, having a recumbent exercise bike indoors means that you will be able to cycle all year long in the comfort of your own home!
Wrist and Ankle Weights
This exercise equipment can look like a bulky bracelet or anklet but is actually an easy way for you to add an extra little push to any exercise that you are doing. In fact, you will be able to use wrist and ankle weights with both the recumbent exercise bike and stability ball. These weights come in a variety of designs and weights to cater to people of all physical levels.
Meet Other Like-Minded Individuals at Discovery Village At Deerwood
Exercising doesn’t have to be an activity you do alone. In fact, it might be better to work out and try new equipment with other people so that they can observe and correct your form. On top of that, carrying out fitness exercises with other people can make exercising more fun and vibrant.
Here at Discovery Village At Deerwood, we understand that wellness and fitness are important aspects of life for our residents. This is why we introduced an all-rounded and holistic wellness program that is specially designed by our team of certified professionals. As part of our exclusive senior living program, our residents can opt for private personalized training, senior fitness classes, or even instructor-led classes. To find out more about the different programs that you or your loved ones can enjoy in our senior living community, contact us today for more information!