Seniors: Top Exercises to Focus On
A body in motion, stays in motion. We know that. But do we know the best way to stay in motion? Here are some of the top exercises to keep you in motion. As with any exercise program, check with your doctor before you begin.
Single Limb Stance
This is a simple standing balance exercise. Hold on to a chair and balance on one leg. Start with a few seconds balancing on each foot, then try and work up to a minute if you can. Then hold on with one hand, then one finger, lastly try to let go completely.
This is great for improving your range of motion. Sit in a chair. Raise your shoulders up, back, and then down. Rest for ten seconds. Repeat ten times. As you raise your shoulders, inhale, then as you bring them back down, exhale.
Lower Back Stretch
This will help your range of motion in your trunk and spine. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Place hands on hips, with palms against your bottom. Inhale through your nose. Arch your spine gently backwards. Hold for ten seconds then repeat three times.
Inner Thigh Stretch
This exercise will improve range of motion in your legs and hips. Stand behind a chair, holding on to the back for support. Stand with feet as wide apart as comfortable. Bend knees out to the side and pause for ten to twenty seconds. Repeat this two to four times. Remember to point your feet outward.
Each of these exercises should feel comfortable, but you should stop if you experience any pain.