A fitness or exercise gift for a senior tells that person that you care about them and want them around for a long time.
Whether you want to get inexpensive fitness gifts for senior citizens or your elderly grandparents, an exercise gift will help seniors strengthen their muscles, allowing them to move and get around easier.
It not only shows you want to make life easier for that elderly person, it also helps them avoid falls, hip fractures, and live a longer, healthier life.
Maybe the fitness gift is to help them go on a hike, or maybe it’s and excellent travel gift, allowing them to do a short workout while on a plane.
In any case, a fitness or exercise gift for a senior or elderly person shows that you love them, care about them, and want them to be present for a long time.
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9 Fitness Gifts for Seniors
#1 Swim Board
A perfect fitness gift for seniors is a swim board. Swimming is one of the best exercises for seniors and elderly, allowing them to perform a low impact, high cardio and endurance building exercise. Swimming will increase their blood flow, mobility, coordination, and allow them to exercise without putting pressure on their joints. Get them the Ray-Board Swim Kickboard. Its ergonomic and comfortable design is unlike any in the business. This kickboard promotes a natural swimming position and is a perfect for easing tension and pain in the shoulders or upper body.
#2 Walking and Hiking Stick
Any easy way to promote fitness for the elderly is with a walking or hiking stick. Whether they want to walk around the block or hike around the lake, a strong and sturdy hiking stick could be just the thing to get them moving again. These TrailBuddy Trekking Poles are strong and made from lightweight, aircraft grade aluminum. They are easy to adjust and have a cork grip and padded strap.
#3 Recumbent Cross Trainer
If it’s a challenge for a senior or elderly person to get around, a great fitness gift idea for him or her is the recumbent cross trainer. Put one of these in the comfort of their home. They can watch television or a movie while getting quality exercise. I recommend the Teeter FreeStep Recumbent Cross Trainer and Elliptical. Although a little pricey, seniors love the recumbent cross trainer. I’ve had clients use them all the time. This zero impact exerciser is quiet, has SureGrip handles, and a thicker seat cushion for added comfort. This recumbent cross trainer is a perfect fitness gift for seniors.
One thing seniors love to do is golf. Golf is a great way for seniors to limber and loosen up, keeping their body flexible. One way to get them excited about golf again is a brand new putter. A great putter for the money is the Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0. This putter comes in standard or jumbo grip, and will meet the performance standards of some of the best golfers. The heel/toe weight placement helps forgiveness and responsiveness of the strike.
If you want a simple and inexpensive exercise gift for seniors, the standard dumbbells should do the trick. A set of lightweight dumbbells will challenge their muscles, allowing them to lift and carry more throughout the house. A perfect set of dumbbells is the BalanceFrom GoFit All-Purpose Dumbbells. These colorful, durablle, and neoprene coated cast iron dumbbells allow for a secure grip and keep them from rolling out of someones hand.
#6 Stress and Grip Ball
A great fitness gift for seniors is a stress or grip ball. A solid grip starts to go as a senior begins to age and a great way to fix that is through a grip ball. Not only does a grip ball increase muscle and forearm strength, but it helps lower blood pressure in the process. Try getting them the Serenilite Hand Therapy Stress Ball. This simple design will relieve your stress and anxiety, and improve your grip, joints and muscles. They are made of durable quality and come with a lifetime & happiness guarantee.
#7 Yoga Mat
A great way for seniors to improve their strength and flexibility is by doing yoga. Yoga is a perfect way to do a low impact workout, build the arms and leg muscles, while improving balance and stability. One way to enhance their yoga workout is with a quality yoga mat. Get them a TOPLUS Yoga Mat. The eco friendly, non-slip design is great for yoga, pilates and many other floor exercises. The sticky, non-slip surface will provide any senior with excellent grip on wood, tile or cement. The yoga mat is lightweight, thick, and comes with a 1-year warranty.
#8 Resistance Bands For Legs and Butt
One way to improve the strength in a seniors legs is through the use of resistance bands. A great exercise gift for seniors, exercise bands will improve the muscles around the hip regions, making them more steady and improving their balance. Grab the FITFORT Resistance Bands. These non-slip, elastic bands will help train the legs and butt of any exerciser. These high quality, durable bands are portable allowing you to exercise in any location.
A simple and effective fitness gift for seniors is the elliptical. This low impact exercise machine is great for people of all ages. The smooth motion of the exercise is easy on the joints and great for exercising the arms and the legs. One quality elliptical is the Bestlucky Elliptical Machine. This elliptical is quiet, smooth, and comes with various resistance levels. It’s safe, convenient and works for people of most ages.
Summary: 9 Fitness Gifts for Seniors (and Elderly)
Buying the perfect fitness gift for seniors can be a challenge. The thing is, people of all ages and sizes need to be exercising to increase their mobility, strengthen their bones and muscles, and increase their flexibility and balance to live a healthy and abundant life. Next time, instead of buying something a senior will add to their china collection, try getting them a fitness gift they can use to better their lives.
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