Exercising regularly no matter how vigorous the activity can prevent falls, make muscles stronger and more flexible, improve balance and increase longevity of activity. Here are three exercise suggestions for seniors to remain active:
Toe Stands strengthen calves and ankle muscles. Hold on to a solid support for balance, push up on your toes as high as possible and slowly lower to the floor. Make sure your knees don’t lock.
Knee Curls strengthen your butt and lower back muscles. Hold on to a solid support for balance, lift one leg straight behind you and bend knee, bringing your heel toward your butt. Slowly lower your leg back down.
Leg Extensions make your thigh muscles stronger and could potentially decrease knee pain. Sit in a straight back chair with feet on the floor, straighten one leg in front of you as much as possible and slowly lower the leg back down.
Repeat all exercises 10-15 times two to three times a day.