Best Types of Exercise for Elderly Individuals: How You Can Help Your Elders Stay Active

July 12, 2023

Source: FreePik

Growing older is a beautiful journey. It's a time to celebrate life's accomplishments, create new memories, and enjoy the well-deserved golden years. As children of aging parents, watching them navigate this phase can often bring mixed emotions. We might find ourselves grappling with concerns about their health, particularly when it comes to maintaining physical activity. But don't worry, there's plenty we can do to help!

In this age of advancements, old age no longer signifies a slowing down. Indeed, it represents a unique opportunity to shift gears, recalibrate life's pace, and focus on health and wellness. Whether it's a leisurely walk in the park, a refreshing swim, or a quiet yoga session, regular exercise can work wonders for our elderly loved ones.

So, how can we encourage them to stay active, and what activities are best suited for them? Let's explore this together and turn the golden years into truly platinum ones, full of energy, while uncovering the best types of exercise for elderly people!

Harnessing the Health Benefits of Physical Activity for the Elderly

Source: FreePik

Aging is a journey significantly influenced by our lifestyle choices, especially the level of physical activity. Let's look at the array of health benefits that regular exercise provides for our elderly loved ones:

  • Cardiovascular Health: Exercise improves heart health, lowers blood pressure, and reduces the risk of heart disease.
  • Balance and Mobility: Activities like walking or yoga are improving balance and mobility, reducing the risk of falls, common among the elderly.
  • Flexibility: Stretching exercises boost flexibility, aiding in daily movements and better quality of life.
  • Disease Prevention: Physical activity of moderate intensity can help prevent or manage health issues like arthritis, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

But the benefits extend beyond just physical health:

  • Mental Health: Regular exercise reduces the risk of depression and anxiety, serving as a natural mood enhancer.
  • Cognitive Function: Increased physical activity enhances cognitive functions, reducing the risk of dementia and age-related cognitive decline.
  • Social Engagement: Group activities provide opportunities for social interaction, combating feelings of loneliness.

In short, regular exercise for the elderly contributes to healthier, happier, and more fulfilling golden years. It doesn't just add years to life, but adds life to years!

Making a Move: Different Types of Exercise for Elderly Individuals

Source: FreePik

It's important to remember that the 'perfect' exercise regimen doesn't exist for anyone, let alone our elderly loved ones. What matters most is discovering activities they enjoy, can safely engage in, and can commit to long-term. 

So, let's take a look at some fantastic, senior-friendly exercises that tick these boxes and make staying active fun. Here are a few examples: 

  1. Walking

When it comes to staying physically active, walking is a universally friendly exercise.. It's low-impact, easy to do, and the benefits are impressive; it strengthens the heart, lowers disease risk, and enhances balance and coordination. 

Encouraging regular walks—be it a gentle stroll in the park, around the block, or a quick lap at the local mall—can make a world of difference. To balance exercises, brisk walking is also recommended at times.

  1. Water Aerobics

For those who love the water, water aerobics is one of the best exercises for moderate-intensity activity. 

These exercises are easy on the joints, making them ideal for seniors with arthritis or other joint pain. Regular participation in aerobic activity can boost cardiovascular health, improve flexibility and balance, and strengthen muscles.

  1. Yoga

Source: FreePik

The ancient practice of yoga can provide immense benefits. Gentle yoga poses designed for seniors can improve balance, increase flexibility, and reduce stress. Not to mention, the focus on mindful breathing and slow, controlled movements can provide a sense of inner peace and wellbeing.

  1. Strength and Resistance Training

For those who prefer vigorous-intensity activity, we had to include some strength exercises in this list! Maintaining muscle mass and overall strength is important as we age. 

Muscle-strengthening activities, such as resistance training, lifting weights, or using resistance bands, can help seniors achieve this. Regular strength training exercises promote better balance, reduce the risk of falls, and help maintain independence in daily routines.

  1. Tai Chi

Tai Chi, often described as 'meditation in motion', is another great exercise routine option for physically active elderly. It can help improve balance, flexibility, and strength, while also offering calming, stress-reducing benefits.

  1. Seated Exercises

For those with mobility challenges, seated exercises offer a great way to stay active. These can include leg lifts, arm raises, and light weights, all performed while seated comfortably in a chair.

The key to success is introducing these exercises gradually and listening to the body. Remember, it's not about how much they do, but that they're making a move and keeping active.

Championing Independence for Physically Active Seniors with CareAlert

Source: FreePik

In the quest to help our elderly loved ones maintain an active lifestyle, it's essential to consider their safety and independence. This is where CareAlert comes into play—a pioneering system designed with the comfort, security, and autonomy of seniors in mind. But, what exactly does it do, and how can it make a difference in your loved one's life?

  1. Everyday Monitoring with CareAlert

CareAlert's smart night lights are more than what meets the eye. These devices learn and understand the daily routines of your loved ones, providing you with notifications if any unusual behavior occurs. For comprehensive monitoring, placing these lights in different areas—such as the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, or living room—provides a complete safety net.

  1. Real-Time Communication

The CareAlert system transcends the typical function of a monitoring device. It allows for real-time communication without any dependency on phones. Whether it's to chat or send medication reminders with a custom pre-recorded voice, CareAlert simplifies the process. There's no need for your loved ones to wear or carry anything—they can answer the intercom-style voice calls from anywhere within the audio range.

  1. Emergency Preparedness

Emergencies can occur unexpectedly. In the event of a power outage, CareAlert also functions as a battery-powered emergency light, offering peace of mind and an added layer of security.

  1. An Extended Family Network

CareAlert promotes connectivity within the family. Up to five family members or caregivers can use the app, giving them access to the dashboard and notifications. It's a great way to keep everyone involved in the loop and ensure that your loved ones always have someone looking out for them.

CareAlert is more than a device—it's a companion that empowers seniors to lead an active, independent lifestyle while providing their families with peace of mind. With CareAlert by their side, the golden years can truly sparkle!

Stepping Into a Healthier Future: A Conclusion

Navigating the golden years with health and vitality may seem challenging, but as we've discovered, exercise can be a powerful ally. Helping our seniors engage in regular exercise is more than just an invitation to physical activity—it's an opportunity to enhance their quality of life, independence, and overall well-being.

By embracing different forms of exercises suited for older adults, from walking and water aerobics to yoga and strength training, we can help them lead a fuller, healthier life. Each step, stretch, or stroke in the water doesn't just build strength and balance, it also infuses their days with joy and purpose.

Let's remember that every step we take towards encouraging seniors to exercise is a step towards a brighter, healthier future. It's time to celebrate these golden years with strength, joy, and vitality.

Ready to help your aging loved ones live more active and fulfilling lives? Start today with CareAlert – your trusted partner in championing the health and independence of the elderly. Order your CareAlert device now!

5 min read

Best Types of Exercise for Elderly Individuals: How You Can Help Your Elders Stay Active

Discover the best types of exercise for elderly individuals to promote health and longevity. Learn how activities like walking and yoga can benefit your loved ones!
Written by
Alec Whitten
Published on
17 January 2022


Mi tincidunt elit, id quisque ligula ac diam, amet. Vel etiam suspendisse morbi eleifend faucibus eget vestibulum felis. Dictum quis montes, sit sit. Tellus aliquam enim urna, etiam. Mauris posuere vulputate arcu amet, vitae nisi, tellus tincidunt. At feugiat sapien varius id.

Eget quis mi enim, leo lacinia pharetra, semper. Eget in volutpat mollis at volutpat lectus velit, sed auctor. Porttitor fames arcu quis fusce augue enim. Quis at habitant diam at. Suscipit tristique risus, at donec. In turpis vel et quam imperdiet. Ipsum molestie aliquet sodales id est ac volutpat.

Office setting
Image caption goes here
Dolor enim eu tortor urna sed duis nulla. Aliquam vestibulum, nulla odio nisl vitae. In aliquet pellentesque aenean hac vestibulum turpis mi bibendum diam. Tempor integer aliquam in vitae malesuada fringilla.

Elit nisi in eleifend sed nisi. Pulvinar at orci, proin imperdiet commodo consectetur convallis risus. Sed condimentum enim dignissim adipiscing faucibus consequat, urna. Viverra purus et erat auctor aliquam. Risus, volutpat vulputate posuere purus sit congue convallis aliquet. Arcu id augue ut feugiat donec porttitor neque. Mauris, neque ultricies eu vestibulum, bibendum quam lorem id. Dolor lacus, eget nunc lectus in tellus, pharetra, porttitor.

"Ipsum sit mattis nulla quam nulla. Gravida id gravida ac enim mauris id. Non pellentesque congue eget consectetur turpis. Sapien, dictum molestie sem tempor. Diam elit, orci, tincidunt aenean tempus."

Tristique odio senectus nam posuere ornare leo metus, ultricies. Blandit duis ultricies vulputate morbi feugiat cras placerat elit. Aliquam tellus lorem sed ac. Montes, sed mattis pellentesque suscipit accumsan. Cursus viverra aenean magna risus elementum faucibus molestie pellentesque. Arcu ultricies sed mauris vestibulum.


Morbi sed imperdiet in ipsum, adipiscing elit dui lectus. Tellus id scelerisque est ultricies ultricies. Duis est sit sed leo nisl, blandit elit sagittis. Quisque tristique consequat quam sed. Nisl at scelerisque amet nulla purus habitasse.

Nunc sed faucibus bibendum feugiat sed interdum. Ipsum egestas condimentum mi massa. In tincidunt pharetra consectetur sed duis facilisis metus. Etiam egestas in nec sed et. Quis lobortis at sit dictum eget nibh tortor commodo cursus.

Odio felis sagittis, morbi feugiat tortor vitae feugiat fusce aliquet. Nam elementum urna nisi aliquet erat dolor enim. Ornare id morbi eget ipsum. Aliquam senectus neque ut id eget consectetur dictum. Donec posuere pharetra odio consequat scelerisque et, nunc tortor. Nulla adipiscing erat a erat. Condimentum lorem posuere gravida enim posuere cursus diam.

Weekly newsletter
No spam. Just the latest releases and tips, interesting articles, and exclusive interviews in your inbox every week.
Read about our privacy policy.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.