How a Medical Alert System Can Help Seniors Exercise Safely

Image by Elvert BarnesIt’s easy to tell yourself that you’re exempt from exercising because you’ve got arthritis and your ...

It’s easy to tell yourself that you’re exempt from exercising because you’ve got arthritis and your mobility is limited. You might tell yourself that you’re retired and that you can sit and watch your favorite shows all day. It’s easy to do that. It’s also easy to say that you can’t think of anything that you want to do.

You have to keep moving. Being a senior citizen, you’ve seen a lot. You’ve seen your friends’ health deteriorate. Quite often, that’s followed by the statement, “But they just sit around all day. That’s not me.” Exercise is crucial for maintaining health.

Every time you exercise, you are taking a positive step toward maintaining your mobility. You’re turning the tables against your body’s natural urge to be sedentary. You might be afraid of falling, pushing yourself, and having health troubles. It doesn’t have to be that way.

An Alert System Helps You Exercise Safely

You might ask how a small medical alert pendant can help someone exercise. With an alert system close by, you have access to someone who can help you at any hour of the day. Someone can be with you at the push of a button.

With an alert system, you can walk around the garden or the neighborhood without fear of falling and being left alone.

What Exercises Should Seniors Do?

Like your younger counterparts, there are four main areas of focus when it comes to exercise: cardio, flexibility, balance, and strength training. When taken together, these four will help you establish and maintain your best body. With the addition of the medical alert system, you can pursue your fitness goals without fear.

Here are some good exercises for retired people:

Cardio Exercises

  • Stair climbing
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Rowing
  • Dancing

Flexibility Exercises

  • Bending to tie your shoes
  • Leaning and rolling your hips
  • Stretching your arms over your head
  • Touching your toes

Balance Exercises

  • Tai Chi
  • Learn Postures
  • Possibly Yoga

Strength Training

  • Free weights
  • Training with Resistance bands
  • Using weight machines

While the medical alert system will give you the freedom to move around the home and yard at your leisure, the rest of the work is up to you. You don’t have to do one specific thing every day. You don’t have to exercise just for the sake of exercising either. As long as you’re moving enough, you’re exercising. You can take walks with your children, enjoy the sunset while gardening in the yard, or maybe even punch a heavy bag if you want to let off some steam.

The trick is, no matter what you do, just keep going. It can be a little every day or a lot every day, but be consistent every day about making sure that you’re doing something. Your body loves it when you exercise at least once a day. It doesn’t have to be for that long. And, as you develop more strength and more flexibility, you might find yourself wanting to try something you haven’t tried before.

– Article provided by Charlie Kimball. Charlie is the lead content generator at, a provider of medical alert systems and devices.

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