Even if you ran marathons and performed hard-core cardio and strengthening workouts just 5 or 10 years ago, you may not be able to do these same activities any longer due to physical limitations. You may not even want to work out your body so hard now that you are older. However, this does not mean that you have to give up exercising altogether. You have plenty of options for safe yet effective workouts, many of which you can do at home or at no cost to you.
Walking is one of the simplest exercises that you can do on your own or with a friend both indoors and outdoors. This activity can be made as simple or difficult as you would like by changing your speed or by adding wrist weights for an added challenge. Be sure to keep your walks on an even surface to decrease your risk for falling.
If you have access to a swimming pool or are willing to pay for a gym membership, you can experience a wonderful full-body workout that is especially easy on your joints. Swimming can improve heart, lung, bone, and muscle health while also improving strength and endurance. Consider swimming laps or joining a water aerobics class.
Yoga can be as high-powered or relaxing as you wish it to be thanks to the many varieties offered. You can find many classes online. By trying out a few, you will find which style best suits you. This exercise can improve strength, balance, and flexibility while decreasing stress.
Resistance Band Workouts
Resistance bands, such as the Theraband that you have probably used in physical therapy before, can significantly improve arm, leg, back, and core strength in just a few simple moves.