Exercise is something that’s essential for every living thing’s health! So you probably want to keep the senior in your life active and healthy by encouraging a daily exercise routine.

How do you do that, though, when your aging loved one has arthritis or severe mobility issues? Let’s start with some fun and effective low-impact exercises!

Walk

The most basic of low-impact exercises is walking. Even with limited mobility, this is an exercise that most people can do for a little bit every day.

You can encourage your family members who are out of shape or out of practice to slowly get into the habit of walking over the course of a couple of weeks. Even finding 10 minutes each day to do a bit of walking can make a huge difference!

Sit

Seniors who are wheelchair-bound or need a walker to get around might find a daily walk to be a taxing or even impossible option. Luckily, there are some great exercise options that can be done while seated!

Start with some upper body chair exercises to strengthen the arms and improve upper body range of motion. Warm up with some simple arm stretches and shoulder circles.

Once stretched, use light weights to perform a seated row. Do this by pulling the elbows back and squeezing the shoulder blades together. Complete a few reps, and then do some slow shoulder rolls to cool down the triceps and work the trapezius muscles.

Finally, strengthen the core by doing some seated abdominal twists.

Swim

Swimming is famed for being a low-impact full body workout. To keep things fresh, your loved one can add some different swimming exercises to his or her water workout!

Seniors can strengthen their swimming propulsion and stretch their legs using a kickboard or the side of the pool. Try quick and vigorous kicks or slow leg swings.

Limited leg movement? Try standing or treading water and doing arm circles, arm curls or chest flies. Enhance this exercise by including water weights!

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As we get older, nutrition is especially important, but it can be more challenging to prepare and get the foods we need. That’s why we’re sharing this blog full of ideas for quick and easy healthy meals!

Balanced Breakfasts

Don’t let your loved ones skip the most important meal of the day! These balanced breakfast recipes are as fast as they are tasty.

Start the day fast—and right—with a microwave-friendly banana split oatmeal. This healthy and versatile recipe is perfect for a sweet breakfast or healthy snack.

Does your loved one prefer a hearty, savory breakfast? A tasty breakfast frittata comes together quickly and serves two.

Hearty Lunch Salads

Salads make perfect lunches because they’re easy, quick and healthy.

This Chinese chicken cabbage salad makes a meal on its own with its nutritionally dense ingredients. Or skip the chicken to have it as a side dish!

A classic three bean salad is the perfect go-to for bringing a side dish to family gatherings. But it also makes an easy lunch that you can make the previous night.

This hearty Greek salad makes the perfect side, or can make a lunch all on its own when topped with some chicken.

Want something sweet that doesn’t compromise nutrition? Go for a low-calorie, nutritionally dense poppyseed fruit salad!

Easy One Pot Dinners

Dinner all in one pot? What could be easier?!

Is anything as tasty and filling as a hearty beef stew? For the quickest, easiest version of the recipe, prepare it in an instant pot. But if you’re a slow cooker advocate, you can also brown the meat and then pop everything into the slow cooker.

A one pot chicken teriyaki recipe is another tasty dish that can feed a lot of people or yield leftovers for the whole week! Prepare it in a flash using an instant pot.

Having a meatless Monday? Give this one pot vegetarian chili recipe a try to add some spice to your dinner!

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