Low Cost Home Exercise Equipment Recommendations

A solid program of resistance exercises, especially when paired with walking or another form of cardio, can be extremely beneficial to your balance and independence!

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A well rounded exercise program in the home for seniors is possible.

Have you ever felt like you needed a gym membership to have a good exercise program? Many people I have worked with have felt that exercising at home couldn’t be “good enough”. But I have seen so many clients make excellent gains in strength and safety just by doing simple exercises at home. The best progress is made with regular, progressing, and somewhat challenging exercise. But not enough to cause pain! And you certainly don’t need to be risky with your choices There are many inexpensive items that can be used right at home to build your strength and preserve your health.

A home exercise program does not have to be fancy or difficult.

There are a lot of types of exercise programs around. There are even many programs you can follow and perform at home via videos and online classes. Yoga, Tai Chi, Barre, Pilates, and many more. While these are great programs, your exercise doesn’t have to have a fancy name or specialized movements. If you are unable to jump rope, jog, or pump iron, you can still build strength and increase your balance. While those will definitely help, people who don’t have access to gyms or treadmills are still able to experience a good work out and improve their function. Although your exercise can be basic and simple, it is a good idea to have variety. It is helpful both mentally and physically to change your exercises intermittently to help with progress!

General guidelines to consider when purchasing equipment.

Consider where you would use the exercise equipment, and the space availability.

Make sure any attachments are on correctly and securely.

Use equipment that feels comfortable in your grip.

Make sure that items you strap on do not move or slip.

If you are allergic to latex, make sure it is latex free (many items are available latex free).

Use a mirror to watch your posture and form.

Slow and controlled is the key for strengthening.

Start light* and add resistance or weight as comfortable, don’t start heavy and develop pain.

Make sure to have variety in your exercise program.

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*There are many exercise programs you can download, and videos online that can help you set up a good routine of exercise. However, it is always best to have a clinician help you figure out which exercise, amount of resistance, and form is appropriate for your exact needs and situation, especially if you or your loved one is weak or has a history of falls or pain. I highly recommend having a physical therapist or personal trainer to help you establish a good exercise program that you can follow through on your own.

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