Top 12 Exercises for Senior Citizens

Original Publish Date
July 15, 2021

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, folks over the age of 65 should be doing 150 minutes of exercise each week.  This can be broken up into three 10-minute sessions of moderately intense exercises.

While pushing to be a more physically active senior citizen, there are some safety precautions that need to be addressed. Getting a physician’s clearance to allow the patient to exercise is the most important step when looking to increase someone’s physical activity. Once they have been cleared, it is important to find a safe location to perform the exercises to limit any additional injuries.

Proper posture is a key component to exercising and must be mastered before increasing exercises. For instance, if one cannot perform and exercise in the standing position due to balance issues, then the program should be modified and performed in a seated position, which is safer. Our main focus is building strength, endurance and balance effectively, all while maintaining a safe environment for patients of all ages.

Try incorporating the following stretches and exercises into your daily routine so you can start gradually improving your health and wellness.

By Dr. Billy Beaudreau, PT, DPT, MTC, OCS, FAAOMPT

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