Exercise is important no matter what age you are, from younger children to the elderly community it is important to stay active. In this article, we are going to be sharing our top recommendations for maintaining a simple workout routine.
Walking is ideal to incorporate gentle exercise into your patient’s routine. It can be done on a treadmill or walking pad at home, or you can take a stroll around the block. The great thing about walking is that it is not a strenuous activity, you can choose a pace that works best for your patient. It is also beneficial for helping maintain a good balance.
This is another exercise that is great for older adults. It is great exercise that improves balance and increases blood flow in the legs, which will help massively when trying to stand up. It is simple and easy to do. Ask your patient to sit in a chair and stretch your leg out so your knee is straight. Hold this for a few seconds and repeat with the other leg. We recommend repeating these motions for around 10-15 times per leg.
This next exercise is ankle circles. This not only improves flexibility, but it is also a good warm-up exercise to begin the routine with. Depending on your patient’s situation, ankle circles are gentle and can be done sat down or stood up.
Chair yoga is just like regular yoga but sat down. It is great for those who are looking to improve their stability and balance. It is a low-impact exercise and has been proven to improve muscle strength. It is a great activity for positively maintaining your mental health.
Our final recommendation is another exercise that can be done sitting down or stood up. These are some simple head turns and rotations. Moving your head gently left to right and, in a circle, can ease any neck tension and improve balance.
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