An important part of aging is keeping your body fit. But senior sometimes have physical limitations that require them to take special care when exercising. The first logical question is which exercises can seniors perform safely. Let’s take a look at six YouTube exercises for seniors you need to watch in 2019.
6 YouTube Exercises for Seniors
“Full Body Flexibility Exercises for Seniors” increases mobility by increasing flexibility. Limber muscles also ease pain and improve your range of motion. To warm up, start with deep breathing. Then, stretch your neck with head turns. This exercise is important so you can safely turn your head while driving.
Then the exercising have you work on neck flexion and extension so you can look up and down without hurting your neck. This video is great because it starts with a warm-up. Then it moves on to upper body and lower body exercises that will improve your quality of life drastically. Finally, it ends with a cool-down.
“Dance Along Workout for Seniors and Elderly – Low Impact Dance Exercise on Chairs” demonstrates how seniors can enjoy dance movements while sitting in front of your monitor or television.
“Walk at Home” is another great low-impact exercise that can be completed anywhere. Regardless of your age, weight or fitness level, you can safely exercise for 15 minutes. This video has you walk in place for 15 minutes at a pace of four miles per hour. In other words, you get in a mile of walking without ever having to leave your room.
Balance exercises are great for seniors at significant risk of falling. The three balance exercises in this video are standing on one foot, the heel-to-toe exercise and the balance walk. The only thing you need to complete these exercises is something you already have – a stable chair.
Upper body exercises are important for all seniors who want to retain their independence. Going through life, you’re constantly required to push, pull and lift things. From opening and closing doors to reaching a jar above your head, you need upper body strength. The video “6 Upper Body Strength Exercises for Older Adults” takes you through:
- Overhead arm raise
- Arm curl with weights
- Arm curl with resistance band
- Wall pushups
- Chair dip
To complete these exercises, you need two objects of equal weight (like full water bottles or small dumbbells), resistance bands, a sturdy chair, a wall and a small ball. Except for possibly the resistance bands, you should have easy access to everything you need. These exercises are designed specifically for adults over the age of 50. They’re safe, effective and easy to do.
Lower body exercises are also important for seniors, since our legs and glutes are the most important muscle groups we have. Lower body exercises have many benefits, including increased stamina and strength, mitigated risk of falls, reduced pain levels and fewer hip injuries. The video, “4 Lower Body Strength Exercises for Older Adults” includes toe stands, back leg raises, side leg raises and chair stands.
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