If you’re an older adult over the age of 65, you might be wondering how you can get in a great session of exercise without having to leave your home.
You’ve probably asked yourself “What is the best home exercise equipment for seniors”?
There is a bit of a difference in how you will achieve this compared with someone who is younger, but this doesn’t mean you can’t get a great workout.
We know that with age it gets increasingly more important to stay in the best shape possible in order to prolong your life as much as possible if that’s what you’re into.
Of course there will be those who just don’t care too much, and that’s okay too – but if you’re here, I am going to wager a bet that you’d like to know hot to work out and get some exercise right in the comfort of your own home. You have definitely come to the right place!
There are a few points to keep in mind when looking at working out at home, especially for older individuals who may wish to have an easier and more convenient experience:
- Low-impact exercise is the best choice
- How easy is the equipment to use, store away and unfold?
- Your body is likely slightly more fragile at this point and having an exercise program that takes this into account is crucial in our opinion here
For Low-Impact, At-Home Use, What Types of Exercise Do We Recommend?
If you are looking into purchasing some equipment for home we definitely have some recommendations when it comes to ease of use, low-impact and convenient exercise.
Generally speaking, we find it pretty difficult to recommend high-impact exercise equipment such as treadmills to anyone really, especially seniors. The amount of stress placed on your hips, knees and joints is just too great.
This type of high-impact exercise is even bad for younger people in the long run. Therefore, we have better suited exercise equipment for the more health-conscious individuals.
Some pieces of equipment providing healthy and low-impact exercise could include exercise bikes, elliptical machines and rowing machines all of which provide a superior exercise experience for the senior home user.
What we’ll do is go over all of the options below one by one and outline all of the pros and cons of using each piece of exercise gear. This way, you’ll have a better idea of which option to go with if you’re considering purchasing a piece of equipment for your personal home use.
Part 1: Exercise Bikes
Out of all of the possible options for in-home exercise equipment for seniors, we think that the exercise bike is probably one of the most suitable options aside from rowers and ellipticals.
The reason for this is that you can:
- Sit down while you work out and lean back in some cases too
- Workout without having to move your entire body therefore reducing the risk of personal injury
- Fold the bike up and stow it away when it’s not in use making it ideal for small living spaces
- Have what we believe to be the lowest-impact form of in-home exercise available
Exercise bikes are the choice for those looking to get a convenient work out right at home without having to perform a lot of steps to get the machine set up.
There are many different types and price-ranges of exercise bikes. The most popular ones we would recommend for seniors would be upright bikes with low to moderate intensity resistance and ultra-padded seats for extended comfort while you exercise.
If upright bikes aren’t your thing, recumbent bikes offer up a great choice for those wishing to lean back while they exercise as well. This probably provides one of the most comfortable exercise experiences.
Whatever your wants and needs are, we have you covered. You can find all the most recent information on exercise equipment that you could ever want all in one convenient place.
To get you started, we’ve linked off to our Best Exercise Bikes list for the year. You can check it out below.
In fact, we’ve compiled a list of about 20 of our favourite exercise bikes for this year, and a short introduction at the beginning on how to choose the right one for your needs. The button below will take you to our list for this year – so make sure to check that out for more information.
Part 2: Ellipticals
Chances are that you’ve heard of elliptical trainers. I would even guess that you might have even used one before. If you have, you’re probably already familiar with how easy and gentle these machines are on the body while still offering up a great way to stay in good shape at any age.
If you haven’t heard of these machines yet, that’s alright – we’ll do our best to explain exactly how they work.
Unlike treadmills where your feet slam into the floor repeatedly really taking a toll on your joints, elliptical machines operate in a no-impact fashion where your feet travel around in a very gentle and circular motion therefore essentially eliminating 100% of the impact you get on treadmills.
What we love most about these machines is that they really don’t take up much room (unlike rowers and treadmills) and some of them can even be stowed away easily with front wheels for easy transport.
The other thing we love most about these is that if you’re someone that doesn’t require professional-level resistance such as a beginner or senior, you can get a steal of a machine for an absolutely dirt-cheap price.
It’s really only if you’re a more advanced athlete that you’d be required to spend a moderate amount of money on these machines, but I am going to guess that you don’t need anything extremely fancy for your needs.
In summary, ellipticals provide:
- A fantastic, low-impact exercise exerience
- A supremely easy-to-use setup
- Small footprint for smaller spaces
- The ability to exercise in-home for a very reasonable price as someone with no experience or without the need for a high-powered machine
We try to do our best to offer up only the most relevant information to you so you can make the most informed purchasing decisions.
Here are two articles you might find useful.
In the first article, we’ve compiled a list of our top favourite elliptical machines for this year which you can learn more about below:
The next article goes more in-depth regarding how exactly to choose the best elliptical machine for your next home elliptical purchase.
You can learn more about how to choose the best one below:
Part 3: Rowing Machines
The last section we want to explore with you is rowing machines. While these aren’t our personal favourites for seniors, we do still think they provide a great low-impact exercise experience that we still think is far better than treadmills.
Rowing machines have been an exercise staple in any home gym or commercial gym for decades. The smooth back and forth motion and the no-impact training experience for your joints and hips make these machines an ideal way to exercise safely at home.
One of the drawbacks to rowing machines can be the amount of space that they take up, but if you have adequate space in your home this isn’t something you have to worry about too much.
There are even models that fold up and can be stored away quite easily as well!
One of our favourite things about these machines is that they are some of the cheapest machines available to you especially if you don’t require a very advanced machine and if you aren’t an advanced athlete.
The cheapest models can offer up an impressive amount of resistance to keep you in the best shape possible while not breaking the bank!
However, even considering all of the aforementioned benefits, we do still have some bad things to say about rowers.
Some people might not be comfortable getting in and out of the position required to use the machines, and some people may not be fully comfortable using the machine as they do require slightly more involvement than an elliptical machine.
Not only are you pulling backwards with your arms, you’re also kicking off of the platforms with your feet in a horizontal fashion which would make these machines more difficult to use if you have lower back pain or hip pain.
I even know some people in their 20s and 30s that can’t use these machines. If you don’t have hip or back pain then this isn’t something you really have to worry about, but we thought it would be useful for your to know just in case.
As a matter of fact, we have a fantastic article outlining the best possible rowing machine options for this year which you can check out by clicking the button below. That article will explain how to choose the right one for you, and will list our entire list of the best options you can get your hands on this year. Check it out below:
Part 4: Treadmills and Our Final Thoughts
Just because we really aren’t massive fans of treadmills for running doesn’t necessarily mean we entirely dismiss them altogether. Although treadmills are a very poor option for extreme cardio training via running, no one really talks about the benefits you still get from them.
One of the best ways to exercise known to man dates back to the time humans began moving their bodies in the upright position. Walking!
Yes, walking, and it’s been done since the dawn of mankind.
What we really absolutely love about walking is the ability to do it anywhere, anytime, in virtually any conditions. In addition, treadmill options that allow for walking are so cheap that you can pretty much snag one for anywhere from $100 – $300 easily.
So as we described above, low-impact is important especially for those with preexisting pain in their joints or those of an older age. Walking fits the bill perfectly as not as much stress is placed on the joints as running or even jogging does.
What’s even better is that you can walk in the comfort of your own home while watching your favourite shows and despite any weather conditions happening outside! This, for us, is a huge positive to using a treadmill or any exercise equipment in your home.
We recently wrote an article outlining how to choose the right treadmill and then offered up our top options for this year in one of our most in-depth articles to date.
Click the button below to learn more about how you can grab a very affordable treadmill for your home with options ranging from folding treadmills to ones with the ability to incline as well.
Alright, well that pretty much sums up our article regarding exercise gear you might be interested in. The key takeways from today’s article would be:
- Getting a piece of exercise equipment that offers a no-impact experience for reduced joint stress and pain
- Not spending too much money on equipment as you don’t really need to
- Our personal favourite recommendations for seniors: Ellipticals, Rowing Machines and Exercise Bikes are your best bet for in-home exercise
- If you’re not planning on running or jogging, and just walking, treadmills offer up one of the best walking experiences that you can do in any weather, any time of year while watching your favourite movies or shows
- Limited space? No problem! Our in-depth guides will show you how you can get the best price while being able to store your equipment away when not in use!
Here is the list of our exercise equipment articles for your convenience:
We hope everyone enjoyed this article and make sure to leave us a comment below with any questions!
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