Many seniors find it to be a challenge to discover a workout that is best for them at this stage of their life. Choosing the right exercises and fitness equipment will not only make your workouts more effective, but they will always be safer in the event you struggle with limited mobility or other health issues or restrictions.
Here are our top 5 pieces of fitness equipment that we recommend for seniors.
An elliptical is a fantastic piece of equipment to own because it’s ideal for users of all ages and fitness levels. It’s also ideal for those who have difficulty with their knees or need a lower impact workout. Ellipticals allow seniors to burn some calories, improve their balance, and build endurance. The elliptical is a hybrid between cross-country skiing and walking but without the added impact on the joints. The arm levers give seniors a security feature to hold on to while also adding an extra muscle burn. Ellipticals also feature an adjustable resistance that can increase their heart rate and build more muscle.
As people age, one of the most common complaints is developing back pain, having poor posture, or having unaligned backs. This is due to decreased back strength and weakened muscles which often occurs as we age. For this reason, it’s important to pay attention to these muscles before they become a problem.
One great piece of equipment that can be used to develop upper back strength is the lat pull-down machine. This machine allows the user to remain in a seated position, where they need to simply pull down a bar in front or behind your body. The weights can be adjusted based on fitness strength.
Dumbbells are ideal for those who would like to add weight to challenge themselves while they doing activities such as walking, doing yoga, using the elliptical machine, or of course – doing strength training. Smaller dumbbells are ideal for walking or doing, while heavier dumbbells are ideal for strength training. Be sure to start with lower weights first and increase slowly to ensure you don’t risk injury.
An adjustable bench is another great piece of fitness equipment to own especially for those who want to go strength training with weights. Rather than using a chair to perform these exercises an adjustable bench gives the user more stability, helps reduce the risk of injury, and is a safer option since your back is braced appropriately.
Cycling is a great piece of equipment for seniors since it offers a great cardio workout. If you have issues with your knees or back a recumbent bike is what you should use for your workouts. These exercise bikes are characterized by a chair design that makes them more comfortable for the user and less strenuous on the body.
Seniors can easily get on and off exercise bikes which is a beneficial safety feature. It is a low-impact activity, where the risk of injury is slim and it’s ideal for those who suffer from joint or bone issues.