Jan 17, 2016 - 09:55 AM
My first question would be does your mom want to exercise? A couple suggestions if she does and does not feel comfortable because she is worried about her leg strength:
1. Swimming: there are a lot of community programs geared toward the older population with specially trained instructors to help gain strength in the pool. This is a great way to work on cardiovascular fitness and strength without the fear of falling due to weak legs. They use floatation devices as well if needed.
2. Silver sneakers programs - these are programs that are usually a part of community centers or gyms that focus on exercise for the older population in a group setting. Exercises are directed by a personal trainer trained to help older adults and modify exercises to their specific ability
3. Senior Center exercise classes
4. Home exercise programs for the older population - there are all sorts of exercise DVDs or even on YouTube geared toward the older population. There are sitting exercise programs as well to strengthen and work on their cardiovascular fitness in sitting.
5. Elderly yoga, tai chi, pilates classes or videos
Exercise may be intimidating, especially if they have not done it before or she just may not know where to start, not know what to do or even HOW to exercise, especially with weak legs. Group exercise is great for accountability, camaraderie and direction.
Best of luck!