With COVID-19 still spreading in many areas throughout the United States, gyms and fitness centers are just beginning to open - but with several restrictions. Just because you may feel wary about going to the gym does not mean that you cannot stay fit and active. There are many easy exercises that anyone can do at home without any assistance or equipment.
If you are a senior, some exercises that you can do at home to protect your health during this time are:
It’s great if you can do squats without any assistance, but if not, you can use a chair for support. Simply stand in front of the chair keeping your feet hip-width apart, bend your knees and lower yourself down to sit on the chair, and gently get yourself back up into the standing position. Remember to keep your back straight and core tight while you squat. The exercise would help strengthen your core and legs, and improve balance.
You can improve balance while strengthening your core and legs by standing on one foot. As a beginner, you can start out by holding on to a counter, and gradually do it without any support. You can also build up your time on standing on one leg with regular practice.
Stretching is one of the best exercises to keep your muscles strong and improve mobility. You can do it while standing or sitting on the floor, and gently bending and stretching. Yoga can also be an effective way of stretching, and improving your balance and coordination.
Aerobic exercises, such as jumping jacks, burpees, jump roping, knee lifts, jogging in place, and dancing can help keep your heart and lungs healthy. In order to keep your workout routine interesting, you can change things up & try different exercises.
If you have difficulty doing things around your home due to poor or limited mobility, you can consider enlisting our elder care services in Passaic County. Our caregivers would not only help you with household chores, but also become your at-home workout partner. Contact us at 201-212-4310 to learn more!