5 Exercise Activities Senior Citizens Can Do Outdoors

Seniors who are inactive will eventually become deconditioned. Their muscles weaken and lose bulk including the muscles they need for breathing and the large muscles in their legs and arms. If a senior citizen continues to be sedentary, he will eventually even find it hard to accomplish simple daily task.  Simple exercises like walking and cycling leisurely on comfort bikes for seniors everyday help to increase blood flow, release endorphins, protect the heart and reduce overall stress.  A 30-minute simple exercise at five to six times a week, is the perfect length of time for short, local journeys on foot or by bike.

These five outdoor exercises are great for seniors as they can help maintain muscle mass, improve balance, improve memory and boost the health of your heart:

  1. Walking

A simple activity like walking can provide significant health benefits. Walking can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, reduce risk of diabetes, boost immunity, ease joint pain, boosts one’s mood and much more.

2  Cycling

When you cycle, the circular movements that propel you forward won’t strain the body in any way which simply means that you can cycle for years to come without harming your body.Electric bikes for adults are great for those worried about memory loss, or more chronic conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia. When you cycle, your body works at maximum capacity, helping the brain to be fully oxygenated. This stimulates the part of your brain that’s responsible for memory, the hippocampus.

  1. Swimming

Swimming is a low-impact exercise that’s easy on the joints. It meets both aerobic and strength-training goals. Swimming is a perfect total body workout involving all the major muscle groups (legs, back, shoulders, chest and abdominals), and can be done either individually or socially.

  1. Tai chi

Tai chi helps build strength, flexibility and balance with minimal impact on your joints. It’s also great for the mind and puts you into a state of meditative flow.  It can be done at any age and in any setting—at the gym, in the park or in your home. Once you learn the moves and the routine, you can do it in a group or individually.

5  Qi Gong

Qi Gong helps in the improvement of physical and emotional health, development of fitness and vitality plus reduced stress, improved energy and longevity.

Starting and maintaining a regular exercise routine can be a challenge at any age—and it doesn’t get any easier as you get older. Do not be discouraged by the aches and discomfortor health problems that you’re facing.  Or you may think that you’re too old or frail and do not have the stamina. Start with the easiest first. A walk in your garden or park for 30 minutes a day is better than none. If cycling was your favorite past time in your younger days, get a comfortable bicycle for short adults and ride it leisurely in your neighborhood.Becoming more active can boost your mood, relieve stress, help you manage symptoms of illness and pain, and improve your overall sense of well-being

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