A common misconception is that exercising has to be strenuous for it to be beneficial. However, that can be challenging as older adults undergo bodily changes as they age, affecting their ability to engage in exercises that are physically taxing. This can even deter the elderly from pursuing an active lifestyle in their golden years as exercising may seem too intimidating. However, there are seated exercises that are not only healthy but also physically appropriate for your loved ones!
We at Spring Mill By Discovery Senior Living present you with a list of seated exercises your loved ones can enjoy. The best tip? Why not invite friends and family to join in? In this way, your loved ones can socialize and form a bond with others as they engage in these seated exercises.
This seated exercise is highly simple. All you need to do is sit up and slowly angle your head towards the right shoulder. Tilt your head and stretch your neck while extending your left arm down to the side. This will provide a nice stretch on the neck’s left side. This can be repeated two to five times per side. This seated exercise can help your neck warm up, alongside the other muscles at the top of the back. The next seated exercise to try will be shoulder rotations.
This seated exercise is also simple enough for your loved ones to attempt. Firstly, sit down comfortably and place the fingertips on the shoulder. Rotate your shoulders clockwise, then rotate it counter clock-wise. Do each direction fifteen times. This seated exercise is beneficial to warm up the shoulder muscles and prevent shoulder sprains, making it a very useful seated exercise.
The beauty behind these seated exercises is that they can incorporate different physical activities. If you desire a challenge, why not try the bicep curl? First, take a seat comfortably and have a set of resistance bands with you. Next, choose the appropriate resistance you desire. Try to start small in the beginning and gradually increase the resistance. Next, place the feet on the resistance bands and hold onto the handles. Curl your biceps to your shoulders and try to keep elbows on the sides. This can be done with dumbbells that are light too. As this seated exercise can be challenging, ensure there is a safe environment for your loved ones to practice.
After exercising the top part of the body, it’s time to exercise the lower part! This seated exercise stretches the legs of your loved ones. First, sit up straight and bend the toes back and forth from the ceiling to the floor. This can boost the motion range and help enhance calf strength, making it a highly useful seated exercise.
Let Spring Mill Care for Your Loved Ones
At Spring Mill By Discovery Senior Living, we have planned a plethora of exercise sessions as part of our Dimensions Health & Fitness program. Your loved ones are encouraged to take part in these sessions to help them achieve physical and mental well-being. We also offer fun and engaging activities to help your loved ones discover independence, confidence, and self-esteem in their golden years. Contact us to find out more!