Part of enjoying your retirement is making sure that you stay as healthy as possible.  As you get older, you become more susceptible to illnesses and injuries, so it’s important that you stay active.  Doing so will help you live a longer and healthier life. 

However, not all exercises are recommended for people over a certain age.  Take a look at some of the best choices for seniors looking to stay in shape.


Who doesn’t love dancing to a great song when it comes on the radio? Dancing is a wonderful way to enjoy yourself and keep your body healthy while doing it! Dance is something that can be enjoyed with a partner, in a group, or even by yourself.  

Whether you decide to take a dancing class in your assisted living community or simply turn on your favorite songs and dance in your living room, dancing is great for your core, and is also a great way to burn calories!


Something as simple as walking can make a world of difference in your overall health.  It’s easy on your joints and considered low impact.  Make no mistake about it, however, the best part about walking is that you can incorporate it into your daily routine. Combining an activity like going to the store with walking there is a great way to kill two birds with one stone.


Swimming is a wonderful exercise for older folks because it builds resistance without risking injury.  Rather than lifting weights in the gym which risks injury, water builds muscle and strength gently, with very little stress on your muscles. 


Consider looking for senior group yoga classes in your area.  Although people of all ages can enjoy the benefits that yoga has to offer, finding a class specifically made for seniors ensures that the poses will be focused on movements that are age-appropriate and not too fast-paced.


Another great class option for seniors is pilates.  As it’s low impact and builds strength it’s a great way to stay strong without having to worry about overexerting yourself.  Not only can it be a fantastic way to get in shape but it can also be a great way to relax and destress.

Since it focuses a lot on your breath, it can boost your sense of inner peace and help you manage any difficult periods of your life you need an outlet for.


Cycling is a great excuse to check out new places and trails.  Cycling can be as low or high intensity as you want it to be.  You can cycle at a moderate pace on flat ground or power pedal up a mountain.  There are even electric bikes available that can help make hills much easier.