Easy Senior Exercises To Do In Your Home

Easy Senior Exercises To Do In Your Home

Getting enough exercise—especially in cold weather—can be a challenge. But you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to stay active. Here are a number of good fitness-building exercises you can do every day, no matter what the weather.

These are designed to improve strength, balance, and overall conditioning. And you can do them at almost any time, so they don’t disrupt your daily routine.

  1.  Single-Foot Stand.  Balance on one foot for 10 seconds (or as long as you can). Switch to the other foot and repeat. Do this five times for each foot.  Note: when starting out, stand close to a wall or have a chair you can steady yourself with. This provides an extra level of safety until you have mastered the exercise.

  2. Chair squats.  Stand in front of a chair. With your arms stretched out in front of you, slowly lower yourself until you’re seated. Then, with arms still outstretched, slowly stand back up.

  3. Wall Push Ups. These are like regular push ups, but you remain standing. Stand one to two feet away from a wall. Put your arms out to the wall, and lean toward it, bending your arms until your face almost touches the wall. Then push back to your full standing position. Repeat 10 times, or as many as you can.

  4. Tiptoe Lifts.  Stand behind a chair, with your hands on the back to steady yourself. Then slowly bring yourself up on your tiptoes. This strengthens your leg muscles. Repeat 10 times, or as many as you can.

  5. Head Turns.  Stand or sit with your back straight. Slowly turn your head to either side until you feel your muscles begin to stretch.  This is a simple exercise, but it relives stress, and improves neck flexibility, so you can more easily turn your head and see better for your daily activities.

Mt. Vernon offers or has access to a variety of exercise programs. You can easily find one that fits your abilities and fitness goals. Simply ask a staff member how you can get started.

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