For many of us, staying active during the warmer months comes easily. Whether you take morning walks, swim laps, garden, or attend outdoor dance lessons, there seems to be no shortage of physical activities to enjoy. However, as the weather turns cold and the leaves disappear, so do the opportunities for comfortable outdoor recreation.
Although we may enjoy hibernating until spring, the fact remains that physically activity is essential to both physical and mental health, and the National Physical Activity Guidelines advise people to engage in 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week. With indoor activities restricted due to COVID-19, older adults are finding more creative ways to stay active. Here are some fun ideas for getting physically active at home while sheltering in place:
Created by a physical therapist, this seated yoga flow is designed to improve your strength, flexibility, and balance. You will move through popular poses including: seated boat pose, warrior 1 and 2, and side angle pose. Whether you are trying chair yoga for the first time or have been a yogi for years, this yoga flow for older adults offers a full body stretch that should leave you feeling energized and refreshed.
As always, be sure to consult with your physician before starting a new exercise routine, and feel free to skip any poses that are too challenging or uncomfortable. Namaste!