Look for equipment that can be adapted to different levels of fitness.
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When you are older, having osteoporosis, arthritis, limited flexibility and past injuries could mean you have developed a more sedentary lifestyle. But don't let age slow you down -- by using the right equipment, senior women can stay fit and get 30 minutes of exercise each day, which is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Because sore joints and limited flexibility can be a problem for you, use machines and equipment that offer smooth motions, for example, elliptical machines or recumbent bikes. Elliptical machines create less impact on your joints, which can be especially helpful if you suffer from arthritis or osteoporosis. Look for machines that are easy to get on and off and have an accessible keypad that lets you control resistance.
If you're up for some walking or even a light jog, try a treadmill, which you can adjust to create a personalized workout. Most treadmills allow you change the speed and incline settings so you can select the exercise intensity that works best for you. Treadmills should always be stable and have safety features such as a key that attaches to your person and shuts the machine off should you experience a fall. The IDEA Health and Fitness Association notes that seniors should also use a treadmill that has sturdy rails and has a starting speed of 0.5 miles per hour.
Though you may automatically think of larger pieces of equipment -- treadmills and steppers, for instance -- when you think about fitness, some smaller pieces of equipment can yield some of the biggest benefits. Take a set of free weights or dumbbells, for example. Because of its weight-bearing nature, strength training exercises -- such as bicep curls -- can offer the benefit of increased strength and stronger bones. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that senior women use weights ranging from 2 to 5 pounds.
One of the most valuable pieces of equipment may also be among the least expensive -- a yoga mat. According to Yoga Journal, yoga increases flexibility, boosts energy and can even reduce the regular aches and pains you feel each day. Whether you take a class at the local senior or recreation center or follow along with a video at home, adding yoga to your fitness routine each week can help you enjoy a better quality of life.