Throughout our lifetime, we hear how exercise will help us maintain good health. In fact, research has shown that regular exercise has many benefits, including increased energy and physical strength. Exercise can also improve our ability to manage chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis.

For active seniors, resistance bands can be a great way to engage in effective, low-impact exercise. Resistance bands are inexpensive and easy to store, making them perfect for people with varying levels of mobility and joint stability who want to exercise at home.

Our team of experts at Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation can help seniors incorporate the following exercises into their daily routines a few times a week. They suggest that seniors see if they can do 10 repetitions of each exercise and repeat the complete series three times.

 

Shoulder Diagonal Flexion and Abduction

  1. Hold the ends of the resistance band with each hand at your hip.
  2. Lift one arm diagonally upand away against the resistance.
  3. Hold for three seconds.

Bilateral Horizontal Abduction

  1. While sitting or standing, hold each end of the elastic band straight and in front of your body. Then pull your arms apart and to your side.
  2. Hold for three seconds.

Standing Bilateral Shoulder Abduction

  1. Stand with one foot on the elastic band and hold the ends of the band in each of your hands at your sides. Lift both arms up on your sides to 90 degrees.
  2. Hold for three seconds.