To finish our three part series “Keeping Up Physically with Your Young-At-Heart To-Do List” today’s blog introduces chair yoga. If you have never experienced the benefits of chair yoga for seniors, you’re in for a treat!
Why is Chair Yoga for Seniors So Powerful?
By the time you reach your 60th birthday, you have probably taken 2-million steps. You may also dealt with your share of injuries or illnesses. Maybe you have had a hip replacement or a broken ankle. We know instinctually that keeping fit and flexible is essential. But, most of us have little tolerance for gyms and aerobics classes.
So, what’s the alternative? Many people I know have turned to gentle yoga, which is a fantastic option for getting in shape after 60. But, what if you have mobility problems or are just feeling a bit fragile these days? Maybe it’s time to consider chair yoga. Chair yoga is a great way for older adults to get the wonderful health benefits of yoga.
Yoga is an excellent way for older adults to loosen and stretch painful muscles, reduce stress, and improve circulation. It also reduces anxiety, helps lower blood pressure, protects joints, and builds strength and balance.
Is Chair Yoga “Hard Enough” to Work?
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “How could sitting in a chair possible be good exercise?” I can tell you that it is surprisingly effective. Best of all, because it is so accessible, it is the kind of exercise option that you will do every single day. Staying seated means that even frail seniors or those who aren’t flexible can safely do the exercises.
Now, the big caveat here is that everyone’s body is different, so, you should definitely check with your doctor before starting any exercise program. But, that said, I have never met a single person who has regretted starting gentle yoga – especially chair yoga. The best part is at-home workouts are customizable to your ability level.
We found a fantastic 30 minute routine of gentle chair yoga for seniors that’s free to watch on YouTube. Instructor Sherry Zak Morris makes the class fun and lively and explains the benefits of the movements. The video shares customization and safety tips and gives an overview of the movements included in the chair yoga routine. They should skip any movements that cause pain or are too difficult. And if your older adult tires easily, do easier parts of the routine rather than the full half hour.
Safety and comfort is the top priority. Make sure your older adult moves slowly and gently and pays attention to their body. It’s better to do a little less rather than risk injury. Even if they only do a fraction of the range of motion or have to skip some movements, they’ll still benefit from the exercises.
Over time, their flexibility and strength will improve and they’ll be able to do more and more. It’s not just about the physical benefits. Chair yoga is also a great way to reconnect with your body and calm your mind.
Next Step- Try these wonderful chair yoga routines that your older adult will love (Approx. 33 minutes each)
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By DailyCaring Editorial Team https://dailycaring.com/chair-yoga-for-seniors-reduce-pain-and-improve-health-video/
By Exercise the Gentle Way with Chair Yoga for Seniors by Margaret Manning, dated June 11, 2019 Health and Fitness – Sixty And Me Website https://sixtyandme.com/benefits-of-chair-yoga-for-seniors/