Although you don’t need any special equipment to begin gaining fitness, you’ll find information about 9 types of senior fitness equipment here. You can get started for free from home all the way up to a gym membership or spend a couple of thousand for equipment to put in your basement.
I believe the older you get the more you need to stay fit. Not just exercise but any kind of activity is good for you. By staying fit you will hold off death that much longer.
Senior fitness equipment takes many forms as you’ll see as you this article.
Below you’ll find information about many kinds of senior fitness equipment.
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Workout with items from around the house.
Just because you’re strapped for money doesn’t mean you can’t start a fitness program. You can start out with a couple of cans of soup & just keep working up with bigger cans or gallons of water. I’m sure you can find things that weigh more as you progress.
I read a story where a boy who wanted to get stronger but had no money to buy equipment so he fastened a concrete block to each end of a broom handle.
So you see there is a way where there’s a will.
This is doing exercises using just your body weight. You can do exercises like push-ups. These can be done in a lot of different ways such as starting on your knees using a chair and & progressing to regular on the floor ones.
Dips are another one using a chair & bringing your knees up to start then extending your legs.
These are just 2 examples. I’m sure you can a lot more on Google.
These are good for people that are disabled or unsteady on their feet. You can build upper body strength as well as increasing stamina and overall fitness. You can also do some leg exercises if you are somewhat mobile. There are even people who do their exercises from their wheelchair.
Rubber resistance bands
This is a relatively inexpensive way to start exercising from home. A good thing about them is that they are very portable if you are traveling. They come in different strengths and usually have a handle with places to add more or higher banks. They can be used in many different ways and can take the place of iron weights as you can do the same exercises with them.
These are what most people think about when they hear about exercising. One good thing about them they are fairly cheap, Just go to a few garage sales & you likely find all you need.
A full workout program can be built around iron weights as they can be used in many different ways to build muscle or stamina throughout your body.
Running, jogging or walking
Depending on your fitness or goals there is a type of movement type for everyone. These are mostly for your lower body but you also get increased stamina & overall fitness. This will also be a type of bodyweight exercise.
Normally these activities are done outdoors so you are getting a double dose of good from them. Fresh air and sunshine are an added bonus to merely get exercise.
Nordic walking is a new type of exercise done with poles. It started out as a summer exercise for skiing but now has become a favorite among seniors as it makes walking easier as well as giving a full-body workout.
These are another way of exercising & increasing stamina. You can have them in your house & use them while watching television or reading. They are a good backup when the weather doesn’t allow outdoor activity.
Below you’ll find other ways to use your body weight.
These are similar to treadmills in that you use your legs for exercise & building stamina. The difference is that you’re sitting down. You can also watch tv or read while pedaling away.
Mechanical exercise equipment
If you would rather work out at home rather than going to a gym there literally dozens of machines that do what the bands, bodyweight & weights do, but just a lot more efficiently.
You can pick some of these fairly cheap at garage sales or spend a couple of thousand for new ones.
Joining a gym means you will have many different machines along with free weight and cardio programs just to name a few advantages to a gym membership. The amount of money you spend is small compared to the benefits you receive.
Senior Fitness Equipment Summary
As you have learned senior fitness equipment takes many forms, so there is something for everyone.
No matter what equipment or program exercise you use, even in small amounts or with no weight, is good for you.
If you are into building big muscles or just want to keep fit or get fitter there is equipment available for you. It ranges from free to a few thousand dollars. You may be able to find a gym that has a low cost or free fitness program. Do some checking and you may be surprised by what is available.
Many senior centers have fitness classes. These are usually pretty low-intensity but are a good way to transition from low activity to a more involved fitness routine.
Don’t use age or mobility as an excuse for not getting some exercise. I can be very certain about this as I’m 84 and I workout every other day as well as walking 3 times a day.
If you would like to look and feel better but don’t think you can do a regular workout, remember you can with a minimum amount of workout then increase the amount & time gradually.
A workout can take many forms and you don’t have to do a regular regimen of exercise to do yourself a lot of good. If you haven’t been active for a while you can start by extending your normal daily routine of housework or working outdoors. Just by putting a little extra motion into it you can get started on a fitness routine.
No matter what get moving.