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5 Easy Exercises for Seniors to Improve Mobility and Strength

a therapist helps lead a group in Exercises for Seniors to Improve Mobility and Strength

Staying active at all stages of life is important for physical and mental well-being. As seniors age, they often run into issues with activities of daily living (ADLs) like cooking, cleaning, and even bathing. There are several exercises for seniors to improve their mobility and strength so they can continue living as independently as possible.

Sometimes, accidents or chronic medical conditions make it hard for seniors to exercise. Buckner offers a short-term rehab program for seniors in our Texas communities. Physical and occupational therapists work closely with seniors to help them regain strength and mobility. Call 214.227.7182 to learn more.

Strength and Mobility Affect Everything

Strength is more than just the ability to lift heavy objects; mobility isn’t just about being able to walk. These two aspects affect every aspect of daily life, from walking up and down stairs to carrying groceries to playing with grandchildren.

Limits to mobility and strength can also lead to decreased independence, which can be a big blow to seniors who have always prided themselves on their self-sufficiency. Exercise is key in maintaining and improving both strength and mobility.

Living with Limited Mobility

Seniors living with limited mobility caused by an accident, medical condition, or age-related decline may feel like they are losing their independence. However, there are many exercises and activities that can help maintain and improve the mobility they still have.

Even though the initial impact of losing mobility in a hand, knee, or other joint can feel overwhelming, early exercises and physical therapy can make a huge difference in how much movement seniors will be able to retain in the long term.

5 Easy Exercises for Seniors to Improve Mobility and Strength

A steady approach to exercise can help seniors maintain their strength and mobility. Here are five simple exercises that can help:

  1. Water aerobics – This is a low-impact exercise that can be done in a pool or even just waist-deep water. The water provides resistance to help build strength, and the buoyancy reduces stress on joints, making it easier for seniors with limited mobility to move.
  2. Chair yoga – Yoga poses modified for seated practice can help improve balance, flexibility, and strength. It is a gentle form of exercise that can be done at home or in a class.
  3. Resistance band exercises – These lightweight, portable bands provide resistance for muscle-strengthening exercises. They are safe and easy to use for seniors, even those with limited mobility.
  4. Walking – One of the simplest forms of exercise, walking can improve cardiovascular health and build strength in the legs. Seniors with limited mobility can use a walker or cane for support.
  5. Tai Chi – This gentle form of exercise combines slow, flowing movements with deep breathing and relaxation techniques. It can help improve balance, flexibility, and strength while also reducing stress and promoting relaxation.

If your loved one can’t do these exercises on their own, there are options for assisted or supervised physical activity.

Buckner Provides Well-rounded Support

Buckner’s short-term rehab programs can provide seniors with access to physical and occupational therapists who work closely with them to develop personalized exercise plans. By engaging them in rehabilitation activities, we can help seniors improve their strength and mobility, giving them the best chance at maintaining independence.

Our six Texas communities also have a wide range of recreational activities and programs that help residents stay active. From structured group exercise classes to casual walking buddies, there are many ways for seniors to stay physically and mentally engaged.

Nutritional programs and a range of healthy eating choices also support seniors in maintaining their strength and mobility. We help seniors stay as independent as possible and help them continue living a life of purpose through compassionate, intentional support.

Call Buckner Retirement Services for More

If your senior loved one could use some help regaining or maintaining their strength and mobility, we can help. Call 214.227.7182 or contact us online to find out how short-term rehab and other Buckner programs can improve their daily life.