Tai chi. Zumba. Synchronized swimming. Yoga. Just because you’re in a senior living community doesn’t mean chair exercises are the only way to stay active and fit. The type of group exercise programs and personal fitness opportunities available are as varied as the communities and residents themselves.
Perhaps one of the best things about exercising in senior living is the accountability. Our post Why Senior Living Communities Are a Great Place to Get Fit outlines the perks of a community setting — both for residents and staff — to start up and stick to a workout routine.
- Zumba has taken the fitness world by storm in recent years, so the fact that a senior-friendly form of it, called Zumba Gold, is coming to a senior living community near you. Read more about it here.
- If you thought we were kidding about synchronized swimming, check out this article from the Sunrise Senior Living blog to learn about a NYC-group of adults 50 and up hitting the pool for better health.
- With its ancient roots, tai chi is an ideal exercise ritual for seniors because it makes arteries more flexible, rather than stiffening them as others do, and it fosters lower blood pressure, greater flexibility and muscle strength, according to this previous post.
With all of these options on the table, there’s little room for excuses. However, this Livestrong.com article does offer a list of chair exercises for those with limited mobility, strength or balance.