This month, you may have heard the term ‘dad bod’, but have you heard of the ‘grand bod’? In honor of National Senior Fitness Day, the EZ-ACCESS team is focused on the ‘grand bod’ and has come up with 3 exercises to help you get your aging parent or grandparent feeling great this summer!
Seniors with limited mobility often believe they are beyond help when it comes to exercise. However, just 30 minutes of simple stretching and lifting will aide in mental alertness, stronger bones, healthier metabolism and tight muscles.
Here are 3 senior exercises for limited mobility to get you started:
- Stretching – For this exercise, start with the head and then move to the arms and legs. Rotate the head in slow circles to stretch the neck and back. Then lift arms over the head and slowly drop to the sides. Finally, lift and lower legs. Repeat several times to be sure to achieve full stretch throughout the body.
- Arms – To work the arms, start with a punching motion and then complete arm circles and arm curls with or without weights.
- Legs – When working the legs, kick legs in front of the body and then try to hold legs parallel to the floor for as long as possible. You can also put feet flat to the floor and lift up the heels, then try to push feet through the floor to work the buttocks and top of thighs.
Once these exercises are safely mastered, get your doctor’s ok to gradually introduce light weights starting at 3 pounds and working your way up. Other options to introduce into your exercise routine include swimming, yoga or tai chi, with deep breathing and medication as a cool down.
The team at EZ-ACCESS deeply cares about the health and safety of your loved ones, which is why we recommend physical activity at any age. We’re also here to help with all of your accessibility needs. Explore our residential ramps and see how easy it could be to get you or your loved one out of the house and more active this summer!