Today’s new exercise trends are far more suited for millennials rather than seniors and it’s hard to find motivation when all these new workouts are so complex and daunting. But you don’t have to jump on these new exercise fads to stay fit – there are still plenty of old-school ways to break a sweat in your golden years. So don’t worry about trying to catch up with all the new exercise trends. Whether you want to try one or try them all, these classic workout activities listed below will have you feeling fit and energized like never before.
Workout in a pool
Working out in a pool is an excellent way to mix up your daily routine. Water workouts offer the added benefit of water resistance to take up your exercise routine up a notch.
Swimming is a low impact workout that is easy on the joints, making it an exercise that is a senior’s best friend. So take advantage of a pool and try swimming laps three days a week.
Tip: wear a swimming cap as it will help keep your hair dry as well as ad some aerodynamics to your stroke.
- Water polo
Not for the faint of heart, water polo is the water sport version of football and it’s a high cardio, high intensity workout that will have you moving through the water the whole time. Make sure you look into classes in your area to get you started.
- Aqua aerobics
Bored of swimming laps? Then, you might enjoy fun and engaging aqua aerobics. Held in the shallow end of the pool, aqua aerobics uses the resistance of the water and you own body weight to tone and strengthen your muscles. For double the fun, take up a class with a friend.
Stay fit both indoors and outdoors
Whether you go outdoors during the hotter months and make use of the treadmill during the cooler times, you won’t have to sacrifice your workout days with these engaging activities:
Universally acknowledged as beneficial for any age, walking is the easiest way to stay fit and active. Take a turn around the neighbourhood or take a friend with you for an hour of power walking and make sure you invest in a good pair of shoes to keep your body and feet well supported.
Running is an exercise seniors can still take advantage of. Remember, unpaved trails are easier on the feet and knees than running on pavement. Also make sure to have your doctor assess your before you take up running.
Hopping on a bike is a great cardio activity and the perfect way to get some fresh air. Map out your route and take a leisurely ride or you could even try a couple of lapes for more intensity. Always make sure that you wear a helmet when cycling.
Harmonize your mind and body
Not all exercise needs to have you break into a sweat. Balance your workout days with mindful movement and gentle stretching too.
With a myriad of health benefits, Yoga has different styles and levels so seniors can tailor their sessions to fit their needs of that day. Try looking for gentle yoga classes for a solid introduction to the practice.
While meditation is not a physical workout, the mental benefits that come with adding this to your routine will well be worth your time. Calming your mind will reduce stress levels and increse levels of rejuvenation. Try meditating before your normal workout sessions to bring extra focus to what you’re doing.
- Tai Chi
An almost dance-like and rhythmical form of martial arts, Tai Chi is touted as moving meditation. With gentle, controlled movements, Tai Chi is excellent for seniors looking for a more accessible start to exercise. Try taking Tai Chi classes outside for a breath of fresh air and an invigorating experience.
With these exercises, you’ll love the new you with old-school moves. So get ready to break a sweat well into the golden years of your life.