The benefits of staying active into your 50s and beyond are abounding. Exercise helps keep your mind and body in tip-top shape, which makes it easier to maintain your independence as you age. But it’s not always easy to get the gym, so having workout equipment in your home is a great way to make sure you get moving on the regular.
While exercise is beneficial for everyone, seniors especially need to get their heartbeat up and their muscles pumping. Working out on a consistent basis can slow age-related conditions like sarcopenia (muscle loss), osteoporosis, and memory loss. Additionally, it reduces your risk of conditions like diabetes and heart disease, as well as your risk of falling.
But working out doesn’t have to mean push-ups and marathons, simple movements such as walking and lifting light weights at home can be enough exercise for the day. We’re here to increase our quality of life, not get rock-solid abs. So we’ve rounded up the best workout equipment for seniors, including those with mobility issues.
Keep scrolling to shop Woman’s World‘s picks for the best workout equipment for seniors so you can enjoy life for many years to come.
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Best Exercise Equipment For Small Spaces
Where to buy: $16.99 (originally $34.99), Amazon
Foam rolling can increase blood flow, soothe tense and overworked muscles, and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Make it the first step before exercising or the last thing you do after a workout.
Best Exercise Equipment For Home
Where to buy: $41, Amazon
When it comes to the best gym equipment for seniors, a set of dumbbells is a must. If you want to incorporate more (or any!) exercise into your routine, dumbbells are a great place to start because you can use for a variety of exercises. This neoprene set is easy to grip and the hexagon shape prevents the weights from rolling away. Strength training not only increases bone density, but it can also helps you manage chronic pain and lose weight, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Best Exercise Equipment For Seniors
Where to buy: $9.98 (originally $11.99), Amazon
Resistance bands are an easy way to increase muscle strength, and they take up practically no space. They can help you combine the benefits of strength training with cardio, while also enhancing your balance and flexibility. Letsfit's resistance loop bands are an excellent jumping-off point and come in five levels of resistance so you can customize your workout.
Best Exercise Equipment For Abs
Where to buy: $12.59-$26.99, Amazon
Exercise balls allow you to work on your balance while engaging your core muscles. We like Trideer's extra thick stability ball because it's made of a non-toxic nonslip material, so you don't have to worry about it falling out from under you. (If you're a beginner, we recommend placing the ball against a wall for extra support so you can get used to the feeling.) Each ball comes with a handy pump so you can in inflate it as needed.
Best Exercise Equipment For Bad Knees
Where to buy: $319, Amazon
Treadmills are standard in most gyms and are great for walking or jogging. They're ideal for seniors who may not have a safe route to walk nearby as well as those who just hate the gym, plus newer models can show you health stats like heartbeat and calories burned. The XTERRA Fitness TR150 Folding Treadmill Black is a wonderful option for the price and comes with an easy-to-navigate LCD screen, a range of speeds for people of all fitness levels, 12 built-in workouts, and incline options for added difficulty. Plus, it folds up and can be wheeled away when you're done.
"It starts slowly which I need for my knees and I can build the speed up as I get used to walking. Great for arthritis, or older person or simple flat walking post-surgery," one woman wrote on Amazon.
Best Exercise Equipment For Weight Loss
Where to buy: $89.99 (originally $109.03), Amazon
Stamina's In-Motion Elliptical Trainer is a great weight-loss tool for seniors and is compact enough to fit under the desk in your study or home office as well as in front of the couch so you can cycle while you watch TV. You can increase the resistance with the turn of a knob when you feel ready, and see your stats, including calories burned and total strides, on the display monitor. You can use it while sitting or standing depending on your preferences, though we recommend sitting if you have balance issues.
"I purchased this for me because it’s been too hot to workout outside and found myself not getting my usual exercise in. My house is too small for a large piece of exercise equipment. However, while reading reviews and watching a specific video, I realized it’s great for my senior mother with mobility issues. She can use this siting down! We tried it out this morning and with a little assist getting going, the movement was so fluid she had easy time with it," one buyer exclaimed.
Best Exercise Equipment For Over 70
Folding Exercise Bike
Where to buy: $119.82, Amazon
Cycling is a great way to increase your cardiovascular fitness. This is your heart and lung's ability to transport oxygen-rich blood to active muscles, as well as your muscle's ability to use that oxygen to produce energy. We like the XTERRA Fitness FB350 Folding Exercise Bike because of how easy it is to use. The padded seat and back rest cushion your back and bum, and there are hand bars on the side for extra support.
"This seems to be a good space saving exercise bike. Assembly isn't difficult and all the parts were there. Very well packed with nothing wrong. It took me a little under 30 minutes to assemble but hey, I'm 66 with mild arthritis so it takes me a bit longer to get up from kneeling on the floor. I tried it out. Love the adjustment wheel. You can go from barely any resistance to quite a bit. The pulse monitor is a good indicator, especially for people who are little older and want to make sure they don't go over their target range. You can work to your capacity. The seat is fairly comfortable and cushioned well. It's really quiet too. I was surprised at that because most exercise bikes are a bit noisy but this one isn't. I think it's a good value for a non commercial type of exercise bike and I hope to get a lot of use out of it. I ordered a pad to go underneath, just to protect the floor and keep the bike stable," one reviewer explained.