Exercise in the Time of COVID-19 by Michelle

Since we can’t go to the gyms or spas now, exercising at home is particularly important for seniors to maintain muscle mass, flexibility, strength and balance. There are many things you can do at home:

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2) Pushups, sit-ups and squats – these are exercises you can do on your carpet or on a mat at home. 10-20 repetitions of each exercise is a good rule of thumb. For the pushups, you can either do them on your toes or for easier pushups, on your knees. For the squats, you can either do freestyle squats or “air” squats, where you hold your arms out in front of you, or stand next to a wall and slide your back down while bending your knees as far as they can go

3) Stretching is a great thing for seniors and you should stretch before and after a workout to loosen up your muscles.

4) Free on line videos are available - here are a couple of links to get you started:

https://dailycaring.com/video-15-minute-senior-exercise-program-for-balance-and-strength/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aHK2sgjBCM

5) Here is a link to a set of exercises for seniors that incorporates strength, stretching and balance activities, with great descriptions on how to begin doing them.

https://www.healthline.com/health/everyday-fitness/senior-workouts

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