a senior man working outThe benefits of exercise are well-known. Regular workouts maintain a healthy weight, prevent diabetes and depression and benefit the heart. Despite this, seniors may find it difficult to exercise. A personal trainer could help.

The benefits of exercise are manifold, but elderly or disabled people might find gym facilities inaccessible or programs aimed at younger people. Ironically, it is the elderly and disabled who are most likely to need exercise, and they may have health problems made worse by being sedentary.

According to portland.muvfitness.com, regular exercise plan is very important for less mobile or senior citizens.

Armchair Aerobics

It is possible to exercise sitting down when the person is ill and cannot walk far or use gym equipment. Armchair aerobics include:

  • Over-the-head stretching exercises. Raising the hands above the head while keeping the arms straight
  • Strength training. Disabled and seniors used to exercising might like to try free weight lifting
  • Neck, head and shoulder exercises. Increasing flexibility, reduce pain and are useful for people with arthritis

Swimming and Other Sports

People who find walking difficult may enjoy swimming. It gently provides a cardiovascular boost. The water also gives buoyancy and makes movement freer.

Personal Training

Joining a gym will give members access to personal training. A personal trainer is a one-to-one exercise coach that can work with each client to develop an exercise plan that is suitable for their ability and previous exercise level.

Some are trained in disability fitness, and others have experience coaching the elderly. There may also be group exercise classes for seniors.

Regular exercise is just as vital for older people and those with limited mobility. It keeps joints supple, increases circulation, oxygenates all the major organs, improves cardiovascular health and relieves pain. Modified gym classes, swimming, and personal training can give everyone access to exercise.