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Best Low-Impact Exercises for Seniors

Exercise provides many benefits to our health and overall well-being. Everyone can benefit from exercise, regardless of age or physical ability. Seniors should get at least 2.5 hours of cardio exercise each week. Cardio (or aerobic) exercise is important because it gets your heart and lungs working hard for a period of time. However, it is important for seniors that these exercises be easy on the knees, back, and other joints.

Here are some of the best low-impact aerobic exercises for seniors:

Take a relaxing walk.

Walking is a great exercise to start with because it helps you slowly build your strength over time. You can walk in your neighborhood or at a nearby park. Try to walk five days a week, starting at a slower pace and working up to longer walks.

Go for a swim.

Swimming is great for your heart health, puts very little strain on your joints, and reduces the risk of osteoporosis. If you are a beginner, you might start with a class and build yourself up to swimming in 30-minute intervals. While access to a pool can be challenging, you might try your local YMCA, check out a nearby lake, or see if there is a public pool in your area.

Enjoy the versatility of biking.

Cycling is a great exercise that increases stamina and improves heart health while reducing the stress put on your knees and hips. You can bicycle outside and enjoy the sights and weather. Or you can take up indoor cycling at home or a local gym.

Adding exercise to your weekly routine can help you feel better, increase your energy, and even improve your mood. Choosing exercises you enjoy will help you start and maintain your new routine. Consult your doctor before starting any new type of exercise so you have a better idea of your limitations.


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