What Exercises Should Seniors Avoid?

Written By: William Rivers
Reviewed By: William Rivers
Published: October 27, 2021
Last updated: July 28, 2022

Physical activity is essential for older adults, as it can help strengthen cardiovascular health, boost your stability, combat mental decline, restore balance, and more. However, there are a few exercises seniors should avoid because they can be too strenuous and put them at greater risk for injuries. 

The next time you get ready to workout, make sure to avoid these exercises:

  • Bench presses
  • Long distance running
  • Crunches
  • Rock climbing
  • Pull-ups
  • Upright rowing
  • Power yoga
  • Sit-ups
  • Leg presses
  • Deadlifts
  • High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
  • Weighted squats

As an alternative to these moves, you can try out some of these safe exercises for older adults. Check out Senior Strong today for more tips and tricks on maintaining your physical and mental health as a senior!

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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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