Exercise for Seniors

Regular physical activity and exercise are known to assist elderly individuals manage or even prevent a range of health concerns. Exercise has a positive impact on heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, some malignancies, depression, and stroke in seniors. More particularly, frequent exercise is advantageous for:

  • Keeping a healthy weight while burning extra calories
  • Increasing the proportion of good to bad cholesterol
  • Increasing physical stamina
  • Enhancing the heart's, lungs, circulatory system, bones, and muscles' health by supplying tissues with nourishment and oxygen
  • Minimizing accidents and falls
  • Mood and sleep quality improvement

Signs & Symptoms

Consequences of Sedentary Lifestyle in Elderly

  • Decreased Mobility
  • Decreased Flexibility
  • Lack of Motivation
  • Change in Appetite
  • Getting Sick frequently
  • Reduced Socialization


  • Poor or Unsafe Environment
  • Physical Disability
  • Lack of safe and accessible facilities
  • Hip or Knee Surgery
  • Being Dependent on caregivers to take them out
  • Lack of Social groups for elderly


  • A minimum of 30 minutes of activity that raises the heart rate to roughly 75% of the maximum anticipated heart rate, performed three to five times per week, may constitute enough exercise for seniors. For instance, a 65-year-goal old's heart rate for exercise should be no more than 132 beats per minute.
  • When beginning an exercise regimen, start at a lower goal heart rate, like 78 beats per minute, and gradually increase over the course of the first several weeks.
  • These objectives can be fulfilled with simple, safe exercises like walking, swimming, and using exercise equipment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Water exercises such as swimming or non-weight-bearing exercises such as bicycling or rowing are easier on the joints and are recommended for the elderly with joint issues.
Start with 5 minutes, then gradually work up to 30 minutes a day of cardiovascular exercise most days of the week. Performing muscle-strengthening exercises twice weekly can prove to be beneficial.

The elderly who have financial constraints can start walking. It is cost-effective and one of the most efficient ways to remain healthy.

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