It’s easy to think about working out in the context of growing your muscles or losing weight. However, staying active is important for seniors as it brings many more benefits than a sculpted body. Exercise can increase your energy levels, help you sleep better, and even ward off mental decline.
Not sure where to get started? According to AARP, there’s one exercise that all seniors can benefit from: squats.
This form of strength training can easily be adjusted to your own abilities and needs. Begin by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and then sit back into a chair position, as if you were sitting in an imaginary chair. Make sure to keep your back straight and your weight in your heels. Then, with control, stand back up again and repeat.
One way to make this exercise easier is by using a form of support. Hold on to a sturdy chair or a counter with both hands before beginning. And once you reach a place where you can do several sets in a row, consider adding resistance in the form of weights—cans or bottles of water are an effective substitute if you don’t have dumbbells on hand.
No matter your age or physical condition, by slowly building up your strength with squats you can work towards a better quality of life. Get started today and see how much better you’ll feel!
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