Here is some useful advice that seniors could definitely use: whether you like an active Baby Boomer lifestyle or are something of a couch potato. You can do these exercises just as easily as you sit on the couch and watch TV:
- Leg lifts: Lift your foot out straight from the knee then do the same with the other foot. Do this 20 times, 5 times a day to improve leg strength, and enhance the presence of synovial fluid, or joint lubricant in the knees. Once your leg and general flexibility as well as strength improve you can attach ankle weights to add resistance to your leg raises.
- Toe touches can be done standing up or sitting down. Bend at the hips to try and touch your toes. If this is no possible for you to do, use a towel to extend your reach by hooking it behind the balls of your feet.
- If you don’t have back pain you can try doing floor touches to strengthen your back muscles. Bending at the hips, reach down to touch the floor and then sit back up.
- Do sitting bicep curls to strengthen your arms, using 5 or 10 pound dumbbells.
And as always, remember to clear any of these with your doctor prior to starting.