Older adults shouldn’t think of exercise as risky. On the contrary, regular exercise is the key to preserving your health. The trick is finding low-impact workouts that keep you strong–without triggering previous injuries or causing more.
Keeping up with your workouts won’t just improve your strength, balance and confidence, it’ll also lower your blood pressure, manage high cholesterol, decrease symptoms of chronic conditions, and even reduce the risk of hip fractures.
That’s why on National Senior Health and Fitness Day, we’re featuring exercises from our newest collection of isometrics for seniors. These exercises are based on our Fancy Footwork routine on the Activ5 Training App, and they’re designed to protect critical areas like lower back and joints.
Try them out for some amazing, feel-good fitness.
Improve your posture and protect your spinal column with this nice, stretching trunk rotation.
- With your right palm, hold the Activ5 against the front of your left shoulder
- Keep your left arm relaxed by your side
- Keeping your back straight and both hips square, slightly rotate your torso to the right
- At the same time, press the Activ5
- Repeat on the opposite side
Overhead lat exercises can add unnecessary strain on your neck, so opt for this lat pull that can be done from a sitting position.
- From a sitting position, place the Activ5 in your right palm and straighten your right arm downwards by your side
- Place the Activ5, with your palm, against a flat surface behind you
- Press the Activ5 by squeezing your lat and tricep muscles
- Repeat for the other side
People who have spent years sitting at a desk tend to have chronically tight chests and weak muscles in the neck. It’s better to avoid moves that further tighten these muscles, so this row is absolutely perfect for stretching and strengthening those areas.
- Place the Activ5 between the back of your right elbow and the back of a chair or wall
- Keep your elbow bent 90°
- Squeeze your back muscles as you push your elbow back into the Activ5
- Repeat for the other side
Did you know that regular exercise can improve bone density, reducing the risk of developing osteoporosis and fractures? With this full-body exercise, you can build bone and muscle strength using only your body weight.
- Place the Activ5 between both knees
- Extend both arms in front of you
- Squat down like you’re sitting in a chair
- Press the Activ5 as you squeeze your thigh muscles
Standing Zen Chest Press
Need a chest press that creates a more stable upper torso and stretches your upper-body muscles? This standing Zen Chest Press is a softer take on the intense exercise.
- Hold the Activ5 between both hands in a prayer position
- Stick your elbows out
- Make sure your palms are just about eye level
- Press the Activ5 with both palms by squeezing your chest muscles
- Keep your feet firmly planted on the ground
Shoulders feel weary and sore? This version of the Woodchop is powerful without straining your joints.
- From a seated position, hold the Activ5 between both palms
- Arms extended, place your hands outside your right knee
- Squeeze the Activ5 as you engage your core
- Repeat with the other side
Of course, the best way you can tell that a workout is right for you, is by consulting with a medical professional. They’ll be able to tell you what moves are the safest depending on your strengths and medical history. Just remember that what you’ve read should not be used as medical advice, and if you’re trying something that doesn’t feel right–stop immediately.
Want the full workout? Download the Activ5 Training App for Android or iOS, go to our workout menu, and click on the ‘Stay Strong’ section. Then, tap on the ‘Fancy Footwork’ routine. You can find more isometric exercises for seniors and other personalized exercises that work for all skill levels.