What is the easiest type of exercise for a out of shape elderly individual?
1. Stationary cycling
Most gyms, including those at community centers, have stationary bicycles. There are also stationary bicycles at some HDB estates’ fitness corners for those who prefer to exercise outdoors. Using stationary cycling is a convenient way to get in some aerobic activity, and it doesn’t put any stress on your joints, so you’re less likely to get injured.
The benefit of swimming is similar to that of cycling; it puts a slight strain on your joints since the water supports your weight. Swimming can be an excellent exercise for those who have arthritis and osteoporosis. Further, water can also offer some strength training benefits due to its additional resistance. Even if you can’t swim well, you can still benefit from being in the pool. For example, you can train your legs and core using a swimming board while you swim laps. Aqua aerobics is another option – there will be water exercises performed while standing in a pool, so previous swimming experience isn’t necessary.
3. Arm weights
Weight lifting not only makes your arms more robust, but it also makes your back and shoulders stronger; by doing so, you will build a stronger upper body and improve your posture. It’s effortless to lift these weights:
• Sit or stand and hold them at shoulder height
• Lift them to the top, and lower them to the original position.