What Are Isometric and Isotonic Exercises?

We have been told by health experts and doctors that exercise is good for the body. Without a doubt! Even as one ages one should continue to pursue a little exercise to keep the joints flexible and the muscles supple.

The reader will be interested to know that exercises are classified into different categories. In today’s blog, we will look at 2 of these categories known as isometric and isotonic exercises.

So without further ado, let’s get started! Remember, however, that a home attendant for the elderly can help you to perform these exercises and a physiotherapist can also help you to do these safe workouts.

What are Isometric Exercises?

Isometric exercises can be explained in this way: they are exercises that involve staying in a static position while still engaging the muscles. Some features of this type of exercise are:

This kind of exercise is good for those with joint pain or injured joints. Physiotherapists also recommend this kind of exercise for those who are recovering from injury. Some of the examples of isometric exercises are:

If you feel afraid to engage with these exercises, you should consult with your doctor or physiotherapist to see if these are okay for you to pursue.

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What are Isotonic Exercises?

Isotonic exercises engage the muscles and contract or expand them. Some features of this exercise are:

These types of exercises help you to lose weight and gain muscle mass. Examples of these exercises are:

These type of exercises strengthen your cardiovascular system, improve bone density, burns calories, and improves cholesterol and blood sugar levels. It also helps to build muscle and resist injury from sprains, fractures and falls.

However, from the point of view of a geriatric, these are all high-impact exercises and may not be advised for you. To know whether it is safe for you to pursue these exercises consult with a doctor or a physiotherapist.

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Doctors may recommend some exercises for you to pursue with some objective in mind. Find out from them which are safe for a senior to do. Moreover, you can also enlist the help of your home attendant for the elderly or a physiotherapist to help you stay strong. So, get ready to exercise and maintain a healthy and safe life.