This senior muscle strengthening exercises was designed specifically for my active agers out there!
As we age, our muscle strength diminishes faster than in our younger years. This is just part of the aging process as the replacing of old cells with new ones starts to slow down.
Without activity, the muscles will simply waste away and become weaker. This is known as atrophy.
With inactivity, the muscles start to become smaller and less able to perform the work they used to do.
All of a sudden you find you are struggling to get out of your chair, unable to pick up cartons of water bottles, battling to ride a bike or go up a flight of stairs. Sound familiar?
Benefits of Senior Muscle Strengthening Exercises
If this is happening to you, it can be reversed if it is due to weakening muscles. And the good news is that this can be done at any age!
Additionally, muscle burns more calories than fat, so you are speeding up your calorie burn, meaning a faster metabolism to help keep your weight in check.
Muscles pull on the bones so they in turn become stronger, fighting off osteoporosis and osteopenia. By strengthening the muscles around sore joints, reduced pain can occur.
With stronger muscles comes better stability which improves balance and lessens falls.
And most importantly for us seniors, strong muscles help in maintaining our independence.
So, pick up those weights and challenge those muscles two to three times a week on alternate days.
And remember, fitness is a process, so it takes dedication and time to improve your strength. Unfortunately the saying, “move it or lose it” is a fact!
Let’s stay strong, healthy, and independent together. You can find many more free strength videos in my fitness library.
Here’s to FEELING GOOD!
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Im one that does not do good when it comes to exercise but i enjoyed this morn will try an keep up. Im 76. Thanks cindy dinah
Way to go, Dinah! Thanks for working out with me.
Am relying on your workouts to get me back in shape. Haven’t been to the “Y” since December. So by the time we can all come back together, perhaps I will be in better form.
That’s a great goal to work toward! Good for you for finding a way to stay active even without the Y.
Great workout! Thank you!
Thanks for working out with me, Silvia!
Cindy, you are one of the best when it comes to helping seniors be fit and providing workouts for strength. They are all within reason to attain and keep the work outs as regular routines. Thanks, Cindy for your care and wisdom you provide for us seniors. Especially during these times.
I am presently doing this work out and the flabby arm and would like one for my core if that is possible by chair. I have both knees replaced and have sciatica and artho/osteo. My husband and I need to strengthen our core. But it is so hard for me to do on the floor exercises due to my knees to get up from floor. Thanks very much.
Darlene, thank you for your kind words and good for you for pinpointing and working on the areas you need to strengthen. I fully understand not wanting to get down on the mat for core exercise. We have several core workouts that address this. Try this one, which is done in a chair: https://www.fitnesswithcindy.com/seated-core-exercises-for-seniors/ or this one that is done standing up: https://www.fitnesswithcindy.com/standing-ab-workout-for-seniors/ Let me know what you think!