Kickstart Your Home Workouts
With New Year’s resolutions buzzing in the air and stomachs still full from festive meals, it’s a great time of year to start exercising.
Luckily for the reluctant athletes among us there are workouts you can easily do from the comfort of your own home.
It’s important for adults of any age to regularly exercise, as building up your muscles and balance can help to improve health and strength. There are lots of easy and fun workouts that you can find online and do at home to help you get fit.
Starting off with balance exercises can help you to build up muscles in your legs, improve co-ordination and decrease your likelihood of developing fractures later in life.
An easy and quick exercise to help with balance is this How to Do Balance Exercises introduction on YouTube, which is particularly aimed at seniors who might not feel confident doing more strenuous exercises. You don’t need anything more than a wall, chair, and trainers.
Tai Chi is an exercise used by people around the world to help improve balance, increase muscle strength and reduce stress. It combines relaxation and breathing exercises with slow, deliberate movements. This eight minute video of a Daily Routine for Strength and Balance gives an introduction to Tai Chi with a focus on improving balance.
Yoga can also help to build balance as well as strength and flexibility, making it a perfect exercise if you’re a little fitter. The YouTube exercise coach Adriene has a channel of videos aimed at helping people master various yoga techniques. Her 20 Minute Home Yoga Workout for complete beginners gives a good introduction to this ancient form of exercise.
Legendary workout fan Jane Fonda has some easy but effective workouts available to watch online, like this brilliant Walking Cardio Workout. In twenty minutes the workout will take you through the equivalent of one mile of walking to boost your energy, increase circulation, and get you healthy. You don’t need anything more than a pair of trainers, chair and towel.
Dancing can be a great aerobic exercise to keep you fit, and there’s no shortage of videos online. PopSugar have a Fitness channel on YouTube with a huge range of workouts, including this fun Dancing With the Stars Workout with Louis Van Amstel Fitness. At just ten minutes it’s easy to do, and lets you play your favourite music and learn some light cha-cha and merengue moves.
If you have mobility issues and don’t think you will be able to do a standing workout, then opt for a seated exercise video. You’ll find that there are lots available on YouTube which will help you to get fit.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock, a U.S. Medical Centre, has a great YouTube video of easy Seated Exercises, which is aimed at helping people to reduce pain from arthritis, improve mood, and become healthier.
Fitness Instructor Anne Burnell has a series of DVDs on safe chair exercises for older people, to help people stay active and independent. She has uploaded clips of her exercises onto YouTube, such as this lower body chair workout that’s sure to get the heart pumping.
Before you begin any exercise you should speak to a doctor to find out what’s right for you.
What’s your favourite exercise to do from home?
Silversurfers Features Editor
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