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Senior Living | 10/8/20
What are you doing with the extra time spent at home? You may be perfecting your baking skills or finishing that challenging puzzle you’ve always wanted to complete. While there are certainly plenty of ways for you to be enjoying your time, have you considered ways you can stay active? Although you may think you need access to the gym in order to continue your physical fitness routine, this isn’t necessarily true. Senior exercises at home are easier than you may think – and we’ve created a list of a few to get you started.
Walking. Walking may be the simplest exercise for you to do indoors that can still lead to impressive benefits, including strengthening bones and muscles, maintaining a healthy weight and improving your coordination. While taking a stroll outdoors allows you to bask in the beauty of nature, you can just as easily walk around to admire your home. Or, if you’re looking to add walking to your daily routine, try walking in place while watching your favorite show or movie.
Yoga. You can practice yoga wherever is most comfortable for you – all you need is a towel or a mat. This is an effective way to stay active at any age and receive benefits including increased balance, a boosted mood and increased strength. Plus, this low-impact exercise is easy on your joints. If you’re not sure where to start or are looking for ways to expand your practice, YouTube offers plenty of yoga classes online for free designed for all skill levels.
Balance exercises. You can do a majority of balance exercises from the comfort of your own home. One example of a balance exercise is the sidestep: stand with your feet together, and keep your knees slightly bent. Slowly step to the side with your right foot, then bring your left foot to join. Repeat for 10-15 steps. Then, repeat the exercise with your left foot leading. Until you’re completely comfortable with this exercise, we recommend performing this near a wall as a point of contact.
Dancing. Have some fun with your exercise routine and add dancing into the mix. Turn on your favorite song and enjoy the benefits of an aerobic exercise that stretches your muscles, increases flexibility and encourages an elevated heart rate.
Household chores. Not only are you gaining a clean house while doing chores, but you’re actually getting in a workout too! Pushing and pulling the vacuum, wiping down counters and tables and carrying your laundry basket all encourage your body to move and stay active. You’re not only promoting a comfortable living space, but you’re also promoting physical health.
At Monroe Village, we want you to live the healthiest lifestyle you possibly can. To help you achieve your wellness goals, we’ve created a holistic wellness program called LivWell. LivWell isn’t a requirement within the community, but instead a personal choice as to what activities and amenities you’re interested in. Whether the goal is to maintain physical activity in your daily life, improve your diet or to dance at your granddaughter’s wedding, there are a host of onsite opportunities that give every person the chance to enhance their journey to wellness.