8 Low Impact Exercises for the Elderly

January 09, 2013 1 min read

According to a report by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, “older adults need more frequent exercise than younger people to maintain muscle.” However, most elderly aren’t ready for strenuous, high-impact workouts.

Here are several low-impact alternatives to help you stay in shape.

 1. Walking

Probably the most popular and easiest to do low impact exercise. If you have stability issues, try using a rollator, walker or cane to move around.

 2. Stairs

Whether you want to trek up and down actual stairs or use a Stairmaster, stairs are another great way to keep your legs in shape.

 3. Peddling

You may not be up for a cross country bike trip, but an exercise peddler is a great way to tone leg muscles and stimulate circulation.

 4. Water Aerobics

Water provides 12 times the resistance of air, making this a highly effective workout. Plus, you won’t get all sweaty.

 5. Yoga

A good low impact exercise that also improves your flexibility. Yoga classes are now offered around the country.

 6. Tai Chi

Often described as meditation in motion, Tai Chi is one of the few relaxing exercises out there. Good for both your body and mind.

 7. Golf

According to television and movies, old men love playing golf. And why not? You get to walk around, hit things and drive a tiny cart.

 8. Ballroom Dancing

This is a great workout for couples. A good slow dance can keep your body in shape and your relationship close.