Expert Advice: Which exercises are good for seniors?
[00:00:00] Host Amber Smith: Here's some expert advice from exercise physiologist Carol Sames from Upstate Medical University. What exercises do you recommend for seniors?
[00:00:09] Carol Sames, PhD: So generally, I usually, when I talk to seniors, I say what do you enjoy doing? Because this is a lifestyle change. So you don't want to have people engaged in an activity they're not interested in. Not surprisingly, most seniors engage in walking. It doesn't require any types of equipment. It's fairly straightforward. Of course, you need to have a place to walk. But here in Central New York, we do have a lot of wonderful places that we can go. Winter's a little bit more challenging, but a couple of the malls will have indoor facilities that you can walk in early in the morning before they get busy.
[00:00:45] Carol Sames, PhD: But if somebody says something like, I really enjoy yoga, or I really enjoy my water aerobics class, wonderful. If somebody says I have a stationary bike that I've been using to hang my clothes on, but I'm going to use it now, wonderful. The whole idea is that I want to be consistent, that I want to try to achieve the activity guidelines. And so whatever that activity is, great. If you want to mix it up, wonderful.
[00:01:12] Host Amber Smith: You've been listening to exercise physiologist Carol Sames from Upstate Medical University.