Senior Strength Training Exercises

Exercise Video Series

Senior strength training exercises help build strong muscles and bones.

This fitness video series includes exercises for the upper and lower body.

Many of these strengthening exercises for seniors can be performed in a chair or while holding onto a chair.

Chair exercises are great for seniors or those people with limited mobility.

With strengthening exercises you are increasing your muscle mass.

This helps reduce bone loss, increases our slowing metabolism and builds muscles to help prevent falls.

Your strength exercises can be done using just your body weight or you can add resistance bands or dumbbell weights.

Strength training not only strengthens the muscles, it will also help increase your balance and stability.

Senior Strength Training List

You can use the links below to go to a specific exercise. If you want to see them all, just use the next button below the list.

There are three videos for the upper body with one that demonstrates 3 different exercises.

You will find five for the lower body with one of these that has several exercises.

The last of these exercises (in the lower body group) is a seated abdominal workout.

So you can strengthen your upper and lower body as well as the abs.

Upper Body

Senior Seated Row Exercise

Tricep Exension using Dumbbell

Upper Body Chair Workout
    This is a quick 3 minute upper body workout done in a chair using resistance bands.

Lower Body

Chair Squat

Seated Knee Lift

Lower Back Press with Exercise Ball

Lower Body Chair Workout

Seated Abdominal Exercises

Benefits of Strength Training for Seniors

Strength training at any age has lots of benefits. It can build lean muscles, which increases metabolism. An increased metabolism means you burn more calories.

It helps reduce body fat, helps you look and feel better and can help you get a restful sleep.

However, for seniors the benefits are even more. As you age, your risks for certain diseases increases.

Strength training has been shown to decrease the bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase the good (HDL). It can also reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, breast cancer and osteoporosis.

It can also reduce pain associated with arthritis and increases bone density. Additionally it has shown that stronger muscles can decrease the risk of falling.

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