Exercises Seniors Can Do At Home
With gyms shutting down and activities canceled, those who love to workout may feel defeated. However, you don’t need weights and other exercise equipment to keep your body moving during this time of quarantine. Before you dust off those old exercise videotapes, remember that YouTube provides a wealth of exercise tutorials and classes for free. Below we’ve compiled a list of great options for seniors exercising at home.
Walking is Exercise
So maybe you can’t take a walk around the block, and the idea of walking around the house doesn’t fulfill your walking desires? Add some music and an excellent motivator to the mix. Not only will it put you in a better mood, but it can give you a boost of energy and help ease any joint pain you may be experiencing.
If you’re looking for something that feels like your old exercise tapes, Leslie Sansone’s Walk Aerobics for Seniors will put you right in that mindset. Check out Walk at Home – 15 Minute Walk for something quick. Are you looking for something more challenging? This 2 Mile Walk Workout will get your blood flowing and help you get your steps in.
Yoga & Stretching
Looking to reduce stress, alleviate aches and pains, and improve your balance and flexibility? A consistent yoga practice can aid in this. But you might be thinking: Can I even do yoga? There are excellent yoga practices out there for seniors that go at a more slow and gentle pace.
Yoga with Adrienne is an excellent practice for people of all levels. Whether you’re a beginner or a serious yogi, she has something for you. Check out her slow and gentle yoga for seniors.
You also might be thinking: I don’t want to get on the ground, what if I can’t get back up? That’s okay, we’ve got an energizing chair yoga practice just for you.
Quarantine is as good a time as any to get up and dance like no one is watching. So if it’s just turning on your favorite go-to dance tunes and twirling about your room, we encourage you to do it. Just make sure to first clear any objects you could trip on. Not sure where to start? Zumba is an excellent option for you. These guided dance routines will help you dance your heart out.
If you’re looking for something more low impact, the workout off to the right includes the use of a chair. This particular Zumba workout includes more cardio,
but as always, be sure to move at your own pace. Are you looking to stay hip with the grandchildren? Check out these excellent line dancing tutorials.
It’s okay if you want to work out, but your mobility is limited. In the above workouts, we also provided options for chair exercises. We also compiled an excellent workout selection, specifically for those who wish to workout from the comfort of a chair.
The Body Coach provides this excellent 10-minute workout utilizes a chair and cans of food for weights.
Don’t let this season of quarantining discourage you! Get up and get moving! Your body will thank you!