There are many benefits of physical activity for older adults. It not only helps maintain the ability to live independently and decreases the risk of falling, it reduces the risk of dying from coronary heart disease and of developing high blood pressure, colon cancer and diabetes.
Exercise also reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression and fosters improvements in mood, which are welcome benefits during a time of limited social interaction.
Edith Cowan University exercise science expert Professor Ken Nosaka has shared some simple, low-impact exercises seniors can do at home using only a chair.
“Older people in particular are at risk of physical decline, and a lack of regular exercise could lead to a litany of problems including reduced muscle strength, coordination, balance, flexibility and mobility, and decreased cardiovascular and respiratory functions, all of which can make people more susceptible to ill health,” says Nosaka.
“The home could be an ideal place for exercises to make all people, including older people, healthier and fitter and improve immune function to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection. Some quick and easy exercises can be done from the comfort of home requiring no equipment and just a bit of motivation.”
Watch Professor Nosaka’s exercises for seniors here: