Dr. Lyndon Joseph, a researcher from the National Institute on Aging at National Institutes of Health, told Great Day Washington four types of exercises to make staying active for seniors, easy and safe.
What it does: Improves the health of the lungs and cardiovascular system
Examples: Swimming, running, bicycling, treadmill, aerobics
Some benefits: Helps you walk further without getting out of breath, push grandchild in a swing more easily
What it does: Builds muscle
Examples: Lifting weights, using resistance bands, arm curls, leg lifts
Some benefits: Helps you climb stairs, carry groceries
What it does: Improves your ability to control your body’s position, whether moving or still
Examples: Stand on one foot, tai chi
Some benefits: Helps prevent falls, improves walking on uneven sidewalks, etc.
What it does: Improves your range of motion and ability to stay limber
Examples: Neck stretch, Back Stretch, Yoga
Some benefits: Feel less stiff when getting out of bed, bend down more easily to pick up something, put on socks, tie shoes
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