Exercise For Seniors


Jul 27, 2007
Exercise For Seniors

Exercise for Seniors

This exercise is suggested for seniors to build muscle strength in their

arms and shoulders. It's very easy to do, and it is suggested these

exercises be done three days a week. Begin by standing on a comfortable

surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.

With a 5-lb potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight out from

your sides, and hold them there as long as you can! Try to reach a full

minute, then relax. Each day, you will find that you can hold this position

for just a bit longer.

After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato sacks. Then 50-lb. Potato

sacks, and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato

sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute.

Once you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each of the sacks.


Nov 25, 2007
Well i dont know if you can count on 50 or especially 100 pounds in each arm, (unless youre a 300lb farmer or strongman) but otherwise it seems like a good plan. One could also bicep curl the bags up, then press them overhead. It would create more strength over a range of motion. Plus doing so with one hand at a time with the feet closer together would increase stength in the midsection. The exercise you describe would promote more endurance and resistance to lactic acid buildup though. But moreso just in the shoulder region.