What Are The Best Strength Training Exercises For Seniors?

Exercise is beneficial no matter what age you are, and for seniors, it has been proven to give them both mental and physical strength. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that older adults can do muscle-strengthening activities two or more days every week. When coupled with aerobic activity, this can do wonders for your health.

The best strength training exercises for seniors include wall push-ups, lying hip bridges, squats with a chair, forearm planks, and basic bridges. Below you can find the benefits of each of these simple exercises:

  • Wall Push-Ups: Wall push-ups are great for working your arms and chest and for strengthening your entire upper body. 
  • Lying Hip Bridges: Lying hip bridges exercise your largest muscle group, also known as your glutes. This exercise also opens up the hips, which may tighten with age as you become less active.
  • Squats With a Chair: Squats (with a chair, for extra support), can help strengthen your core and lower body. 
  • Forearm Planks: Forearm planks engage your core muscles, make your lower back stronger, and improve stability. 
  • Basic Bridges: Basic bridges can improve your posture, minimize pain in your knees and back, improve balance, and strengthen your core muscles.

These are some of the best strength training exercises for seniors as they do not require any equipment and can be done from the comfort of your own home. Practice these with caution, and you can soon find yourself stronger than ever.

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William Rivers is an editor with a master’s degree in Human Services Counseling at Maine State University. He has more than 20 years of experience working in the senior healthcare industry.
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