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How should a senior start strength exercises?

How should a senior start strength exercises?

Three suggestions...: Aquatics, body weight, or resistance bands/ tubing are good places to start for anyone, regardless of age. Aquatics allow you to perform body weight exercises, but being in water actually reduces the stress on your body due to buoyancy. Once you are able to perform body weight activities then look to add light resistance with bands/ tubing. ...Read more

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What are some good exercises for seniors in wheelchairs?

What are some good exercises for seniors in wheelchairs?

Upper trunk: Shouldrs & neck. Lifting arms on your side & make rounds front & back. Lift up & down with small weights. Deep breathing & hold for 8 to 12 sec. There are many. ...Read more

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What are the best exercises for seniors to build strength?

What are the best exercises for seniors to build strength?

Many types: Seniors can benefit from low weight, high rep exercises to build strength. Also, building core strength is essential to maintain strong bones. Also, balance exercises are important to prevent falls. Tai chi is a great example of how to do core exercises without weights and balance exercises at the same time. ...Read more

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I need workout sites with exercises for seniors who are deconditioned?

I need  workout sites with exercises for seniors who are deconditioned?

Try a senior center: Most senior centers have "silver sneakers"programs which are exercise programs designed for the elderly. So do ymca s. Or even check with your local hospital about programs in yor area. ...Read more

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What are some stomach exercises for senior citizens?

What are some stomach exercises for senior citizens?

Many kinds: There are many kinds of exercises that can strengthen the "core abdominal and back muscles. My favorite happens to be yoga but pilates also strengthens the core very well. I usually recommend that people who do not exercise alot or at all start with a beginner class in yoga or pilates and work up. Also it is a good idea to consult with your doctor before starting any exercise program ...Read more

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What are some good exercises for seniors with aching bones?

What are some good exercises for seniors with aching bones?

Do several things: There is no specific answer. One should do both cardio and resistence training. It is extremely important to maintain muscle strength as one ages.Walking is a great way to start. ...Read more

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What type of balance exercises are recommended for senior citizens?

What type of balance exercises are recommended for senior citizens?

Your best bet: Is to focus on forms like Yoga, Tai chi, Reiki or Qi Gong. These are great forms of exercise that can very much help with balance. ...Read more

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What are the best exercise plans for seniors?

What are the best exercise plans for seniors?

Exercise for seniors: It is best for seniors to check with their physician before launching a program of excercies. Many of us jump in too fast, over-do it, and fail. Remember it is a gradual, cumulative benefit; needn't rush, be consistent most of all. Water based exerc is good for old joints and muscles, swim, water aerobics, "walking." weight training done right is great, keep u out of wheelchair and active. ...Read more

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I heard exercise improves memory in seniors. How?

I heard exercise improves memory in seniors. How?

Blood flow: By increasing blood flow to the brain and thereby increasing oxygenation and metabolism, memeory can improve. I would also add that there may be benefit from improved mood and overall increased vitality. The other benefit is that as you increase exercise, you are more engaged and less bored, this improves memory as well. There are probably other reasons such as hormones, etc but those r basics. ...Read more

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What are some low impact exercise for seniors?

What are some low impact exercise for seniors?

Low impact: Aquatics, body weight, or resistance bands/ tubing biking, and/or elliptical. Aquatics allow you to perform body weight exercises, but being in water actually reduces the stress on your body due to buoyancy. Once you are able to perform body weight activities then look to add light resistance w/ bands/ tubing. ...Read more

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