“What’s The Best Type of Exercise for Seniors?”

You might assume that if there is a type of exercise that really is the best, why would it be any different for Seniors?

That’s exactly what I want you ask yourself, because aging does demand that we be more deliberate in our methods, as well as our movements.

But, leaving aging factors out of the picture for the moment,

Cardio is King

Because cardio (at least 20 minutes of sustained aerobic activity) affects the most important body systems the most effectively, I rank it number one. Simply calling it ‘cardio’ is a really a very minimal description!

It’s like calling the Grand Canyon ‘a ravine’.

Here’s why: At the same time you’re getting your heart pumping faster (cardio) your lungs start to process massively more air (pulmonary) and your brain is changing its metabolic processes because of the increasing flow of blood (cerebral). You could easily call it, ‘cardiopulmonary cerebral’ exercise and it would still be superficial!

So How Does Aging Matter?

The answer to the question of ‘best type of exercise’ now depends a mix of needs/risks/capabilities.

For the Senior who is mobile with limited strength and compromised range of motion, 20 minutes of sustained aerobic activity is likely not an option yet.

What are the risks?

With compromised range of motion and strength, the risk of a ‘slip and fall’ accident has skyrocketed. The most important type of exercise, in this case, becomes a combination of resistance exercises and flexibility training. After some progression, a neuromotor training program would be in order. At an extreme degree of need, such a person would most likely be under the supervision of a physical therapist and not a personal trainer.

Structure your workouts now to avoid this outcome in the future. There is, without a doubt, an exercise plan that takes into account your needs/risks/capabilities that is the best plan for you.

You can see from this example that as you age; cardio, resistance, and neuromotor training must all be number one on your priority list.

I will discuss in future posts the most effective and efficient ways to accomplish these important goals.

Thank you for sharing this post.

Guiding you through your fitness journey,


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Steven Siemons ACSM CPT, Simply Senior Fitness

As a lifelong fitness enthusiast and armchair philosopher (BA in Social Science from UC Irvine), Steven communicates his passion for health and wellness with an offbeat slant. It's a lifestyle, he will insist, and fitness is really a journey to find what fits--for you. His personal fitness journey has primarily centered on resistance training for more than fifty years. An intense three-year exposure to Shotokan Karate under Sensei Ray Dalke and Sensei Edmond Otis in Southern California during his thirties (he is now 65, since you're wondering) had a significant impact on his appreciation for martial arts as fitness disciplines. It is his sincere hope that you will find insight, inspiration and knowledge from the ideas he sends your way. He is proud to be a contributing author to evox television where, along with others of different disciplines, the focus is on moving forward towards a positive future. Steven trains with clients who have already decided to take the first step in their fitness lifestyle, as well as seasoned fitness enthusiasts. With a personalized approach starting with your needs/risks/capabilities profile, the foundation is built for a lifetime of fitness; ultimately, 'fitness for the finer things' enabling you to enjoy your life to the fullest! If you are in the South Florida area and are interested in training, instruction, or personalized program implementation; simply email for further information. For vacationers and snowbirds, three-day and seven-day focused sessions are available with sufficient advanced reservations. Email: simplyseniorfitness@gmail.com

2 thoughts on ““What’s The Best Type of Exercise for Seniors?””

  1. Nice one! Enjoyed the read. I’m with EverStretch and keeping tabs on buzz around stretching and flexibility training. Our goal is to make the best stretching equipment available on the market. Would love to hear from you, so please let me know any thoughts. Feel free to contact me at wecare – at – everstretch.co

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