As we age, we may need to make adjustments to our habits and lifestyles to stay healthy. Common ailments like joint pain, muscle aches, and fatigue often make exercise difficult for seniors. Their concerns can lead them to become inactive, which in reality can worsen their ailments. Fortunately, there is an exercise style that is easily accessible and affordable for older adults. Chair yoga is beneficial for all fitness levels, from those who are still physically active to those recovering from injury.
Benefits for Seniors
Regular exercise is vital for all age groups, but it is essential for seniors who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Many exercises may be too high impact, but chair yoga is easy on the joints and can introduce other forms of exercise. Because chair yoga keeps you seated, it means that seniors of all flexibility and mobility levels can safely participate. Chair yoga can help to reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure and build strength and balance.
Chair yoga can also provide the following benefits:
- Stress reduction
- Improves flexibility
- Improves circulation
- Improves pain management
- Combats depression
- Promotes independence and well being
- Improve joint lubrication
What Do I Need?
Just like any form of exercise, it’s important to have the right equipment so you prevent injuries and get the most out of every workout.
Chair yoga only requires a few things:
- An armless and stable chair, make sure there are no wobbles
- A flat level surface to put your chair
- Comfortable, flexible clothing, not too tight or too baggy
- Space to fully extend your limbs
- An experienced instructor or friend for safety
Make sure you start slowly and listen to your body. Over time, flexibility and strength can improve, and then you’ll be able to do more with each chair yoga session. With a quick search on YouTube, you can find various chair yoga classes lead by experienced instructors and participate from the comfort of your own home. Gather your equipment today, pick a class and find your center.
If you or someone you know needs home care assistance, call your local Assisting Hands office. You can find a location near you by visiting https://www.assistinghands.com/location-list/