Physical and mental wellness

Fitness is the first step towards good health

Seniors who perform muscle-building exercises can achieve a higher level of fitness that will positively impact their daily lives, specially when the program includes balance-enhancing and other much needed workout sessions for elderly people.

Seniors fitness is a very important aspect in the life of people over 60, and those that follow professional advice and perform exercises can have a longer, healthier life. The physical and mental effects of aging pose a challenge to seniors and elderly, meaning the possible loss of daily life independence over time.

The good news is, there are exercise programs that deal with balance, muscles, memory, speech and lot of other issues related to aging.  Some of the most common programs for senior workout include the following:

  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Kegel Exercises
  • Strength training
  • Balance Exercises
  • Memory Exercises
  • Stretching
  • Water Workout

Swimming exercises for seniors may include the use of floating devices, and are often combined with water workout. Walking might seem easy but for some seniors and elderly people it takes an effort to walk, and the workout is demanding for them. Tai Chi is the preferred discipline to regain balance, a must try for many elders.

Yoga can also help with balance, specially in the mind. Strength training is the use of lifts, weights and other gadgets in order to keep the muscles in use, and make them flexible and stronger. Pilates for seniors is adapted for older age, best for independent people. Kegel exercises are the ones to help with avoiding or treating incontinence, as it trains the bladder lower muscle.

Balance training can be done also using a stability ball, and it yields very good results.  Memory exercises are not the physical type but are worth mentioning. Stretching can be at the upper body and lower body level, and uses the neck, shoulders, chest, ankle, triceps, arms, and calves.

The Assisted Villas has a complete workout program


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Our trained specialists follow the same guidelines of the National Institute on Aging at NIH, keeping up with program updates and specs based on the North American ( USA ) model. Every exercise routine must be previously approved by the doctor of each resident, and is monitored for progress reports.

Seniors Workout program by NIH

The National Institute on Aging at NIH is one of the top workout sources, and is top choice for our trainers. Available routines include warm up, balance, flexibility, and upper and lower body strength.

The NIH exercise program has a YouTube channel that can be useful to many more people, beyond the ones that reside in our villas. Click for the link here.