Top Twelve Exercises for Senior Citizens

August 5, 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 an 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.

  1. Look Forward
  2. Tilt your Right ear down to your Right shoulder.
  3. Hold for 20 seconds, 3 times
  4. Repeat on the Left side.
  1. Rotate head to Right
  2. Look down towards Right armpit
  3. Hold for 20 secs. 3 times
  4. Repeat on Left Side
  1. Sit up tall with Shoulders upright
  2. Pull your shoulders back
  3. Hold that squeeze for 20 secs. 10 times.
  1. Stand Upright
  2. Arms By Your Side
  3. Palms Up
  1. Starting Position
  2. Bend Elbows bringing your hands to your face
  3. Repeat 10 reps for 2 sets
  1. Starting Position
  2. With elbows straight, extend arms towards the ceiling
  3. Repeat 10 reps for 2 sets
  1. Sit upright on the table.
  2. Extend your leg out front
  3. Reach for your toes.
  4. Hold for 20 secs 3 times
  1. Sit upright
  2. March one knee up to your chest and back down.
  3. Extend one knee out front and back down.
  1. Stand upright with your feet shoulder width apart.
  2. Shift onto the right leg
  3. Slowly raise your left leg towards the ceiling.
  4. Repeat 20 times on each side.
  1. Stand with feet shoulder width apart.
  2. Place your hands on the table in front of you.
  3. Slowly sit your bottom back and bend your knees.
  1. Stand with your feet together.
  2. Hands on the table.
  3. Slowly raise your heels off the floor.
  4. Slowly lower your heels back down.
  5. Repeat 20 times.
By Dr. Billy Beaudreau, PT, DPT, MTC, OCS, FAAOMPT

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