Home Exercise Equipment for Seniors

With growing age, one will need to pay more attention to keep the body fit, have good control on the body movements and have adequate balance too. Regular exercising becomes a prerequisite for being fit especially for the elders. If visiting a gym or going out for work-outs is inconvenient, the old people can be provided with suitable equipment to work-out in their homes itself.

These exercises will be aimed at improving the flexibility, strengthening the muscles and having a wider range of movements of the body. These should be preceded on consultation with a doctor. Some such equipment that can be used for these purposes are:

• Elliptical Machine: This is used to practice movements which are at par with walking or running out-doors. It is less stressful on the joints and the elder has lesser chances of injury.
• Free weights: One can choose weights which can be lifted comfortably without training. They are available in the form of dumbbells and are perfect for toning muscles.
• Recumbent stationary bike: This is a better option as compared to stationary bikes, since they lay less stress on the back. This can be used for strengthening leg muscles.
• Treadmill: One can select the pace of work-out as is comfortable and feel the entire body getting exercised.
• Yoga blocks: These are made of foam or bricks and are positioned in such a manner that no part of the body gets strained while exercising or practicing different postures of yoga.
• Other equipment include stair-stepper, rowing machine, resistance band, mini exercising trampoline, and stability ball.