In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, having regular exercise is more important than ever to maintain one’s physical and mental well-being. This is no exception for the elderly. In fact, scientific research has shown that regular exercises for seniors don’t just improve their mobility but also prevent frailty.
One such group of exercises are strength-building routines. When done on a regular basis, such workouts don’t just help to mitigate muscle loss due to ageing, they also stimulate the growth of muscle as well as preserve bone density.
Here are several easy-to-learn exercises for the elderly at home or at the gym, which will make a profound difference to their physical and mental health.
Pulling and grip strength. This targets the lower and mid section of your back muscles. At the same time, it strengthens your forearm muscles.
Grab a pair of lightweight dumbbells and stand with your feet hip-width apart.
Slightly bend your knees as you shift your hips back, and lower your torso until it’s parallel to the floor. Bring the weights together and turn your palms to face out.
Pull the dumbbell on the right arm towards the midsection of your body while your left arm remains extended. Slowly extend the right arm towards the floor until it is fully extended before pulling the left arm towards your body.
Keep your lower back straight while leaning forward. Do not hunch when performing this exercise.
Slam Ball Toss
Pushing power. It focuses on upper-body strength.
Hold the slam or medicine ball close to your chest with both arms. Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Push the ball towards the wall with both your hands while maintaining balance.
Push from the palms rather than from the fingers.