Easy Home Exercises
Many of our clients are still working from home, and they don’t want to miss their exercise routines. A healthy lifestyle benefits people physically, psychologically, and emotionally. Gyms and fitness centers are imposing restrictions that limit hours of operation, equipment availability, and certain routines. For those people who are still working from home, we developed a list of easy home exercises and equipment to help them and their families.
Walking – If you live in a colder climate, bundle up and head outdoors. Walking has several benefits. You can listen to audiobooks or podcasts while burning calories. Partner with a spouse or group to make fitness more fun. Bring your pet with you for additional companionship. Take your phone with you to grab some pictures of nature. To make your walk more challenging, add hills and increase your pace.
Sit to Stand – A variation of the squat, the Sit to Stand strengthens the core and legs. It doesn’t require any weight, and you can do it while watching your favorite television show. These easy home exercises don’t cost anything, and they don’t interrupt your day. Make it more challenging by using a shorter chair.
Wall Pushups – A variation of the standard push up, the wall pushup is a great starting point. This exercise works the core, arms and shoulders. No special equipment is needed. Stand with feet three feet from the wall. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart as you lean toward the wall. Repeat 10 times.
Bicep Curls – Sit in a chair with your back straight. You feet should be flat on the floor. Hold a can of soup in each hand and slowly raise the can toward your shoulder. Slowly lower the can so your arm is parallel to the floor. Alternate exercises for 10 repetitions for each arm. To make it more challenging, use heavier cans or curl the cans more slowly.
Toe Lifts – This strength training exercise for seniors also improves balance. You’ll need a chair or a counter. Stand straight and put your arms in front of you. Raise yourself up on your toes as high as you can go, then gently lower yourself. Don’t lean too far forward on the chair or counter. Lift and lower yourself 20 times.
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