There is more than one type of exercise needed for men over 60 to remain healthy and physically fit. That is why there is more than one type of exercise machine that is best for you to use. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exercises will increase the strength, coordination, balance and mobility of older adults.
Stair climbing machines are exercise equipment that can substitute for the workout provided by a treadmill or running outdoors. According to the experts at the University of Iowa, stair climbers provide just as beneficial a workout as running does. Stair climbing is also an exercise with low impact on your knees, ankles and hip joints. Since stair climbing is a lower impact exercise, men over 60 are at a reduced risk for joint strain and injury.
Exercising on a stationary bike is another way men over 60 can do safe aerobic exercise. A stationary bike is potentially more beneficial than biking outside because of the reduced risk of falling and the absence of bumpy or possibly dangerous terrain. Recumbent bikes are also available for men over 60 who want to place minimal pressure on their knees and back.
Strength training is an essential part of your exercise program if you are a man over 60. As you grow older, your body's muscle mass decreases, slowing down your metabolism. To prevent this decrease the CDC recommends that all men over 60 engage in strength training in addition to 150 minutes of aerobic activity a week. The best machines for strength training for men over 60 are air machines or hydraulic machines. Most weight machines use heavy weights and can be overly strenuous to your joints. These machines are smoother and gentler on the joints.
Before trying any exercise, a man over 60 should first consult a physician who can tell you which exercises are safe after reviewing your personal health history. Before attempting any type of strength training, consult a fitness professional who will help you to master proper form and to avoid exercises that will hinder your progress.
- CDC: Physical Activity: Strength Training for Older Adults
- University of Iowa: Health Topics: Stair Climber
- "Exercise and Health"; Prof. T. A. Asmangulyan; 1997
- "Preventive and Social Medicine"; K. Park, J. E. Park; 1995
- ACSM Current Comment: Resistance Training and the Older Adult