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Keeping moving is important for everyone regardless of age or ability. Even those with limited mobility can improve their health, both physical and mental, by getting even a little exercise every day.

We’ve put together some ideas for senior-friendly light exercise this fall.

  • Give chair yoga a try. Any kind of yoga is great for individuals of any age, but if your loved one is limited in their abilities, chair yoga is a good option for engaging and stretching muscles while seated.
  • Go for a walk. Even a leisurely stroll around the block (or at the mall if the weather won’t cooperate) is good for your health, and the mental health benefits of walking can make you or a loved one feel good too.
  • Do some stretches. Stretching will give your loved one some exercise while also helping him or her feel more relaxed. Try stretching the whole body—neck, shoulders, arms, upper body (chest and back), legs, and hips – every day.
  • Try a water class for seniors. Water aerobics is a great way to get low-impact exercise. The water provides gentle resistance that helps strengthen muscles, and it can also promote relaxation and a sense of calm.
  • Build muscle with strength and resistance training. One doesn’t have to lift a lot of weight to benefit the muscles and bones. Even 1 to 5 pound hand weights will help maintain muscle tone and promote strength. One can incorporate resistance bands into his or her exercise too if weights are too intimidating.
  • Seek out a senior fitness class. Your neighborhood YMCA or park district may have senior fitness classes that give you or a loved one light exercise and some time out of the house. Most exercise programs for seniors will offer modifications for all fitness and mobility levels. Plus, these classes are a chance to socialize!

Any exercise is better than none, so even walking around the house, doing light housework, and walking the dog up the street packs health benefits. No matter what you or an aging loved one chooses to do, enjoy! (And please consult with your doctor before starting any new exercise routine.

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