The Importance of Exercising While at Home
Click here for a helpful article from Stephen Carp PT, PhD, GCS, and Julie Skrzat PT, DPT, PhD, CCS, our friends from DeSales University. The article discusses both facts about the spread of COVID-19 and the importance of exercise during quarantine.
Now, let's check in on how you're already doing with physical activity. The National Physical Activity Guidelines recommend engaging in 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week. Older adults should practice all four types of exercise (endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility) for the most benefits (ncoa.org). So, how are you doing with your current fitness activity level?
If you are already doing something to stay active, keep it up! If you have exercised before in a group setting, there's good news for you too. Research has shown that the risks of exercise at home are no greater than exercising in a group setting (ncoa.org). Some of our favorite Generations fitness instructors have shared some resources for at-home fitness videos below. An internet connection is required. (Keep in mind that sometimes a YouTube video starts with an ad. Sometimes you have to watch the whole ad. Sometimes you can skip the ad after a few seconds). We also want to thank DeSales University Physical Therapy Doctoral Students students Taylor, Emilee, and Morgan for providing a fantastic seated exercise video - with some great mood boosting tunes just for our Participants!
Remember to stay safe and listen to your body when exercising. Always wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Warm up, cool down, stay hydrated, and be in reach of a sturdy chair pushed up against a wall if possible. Gauge your level of effort with the “talk test." You should be exercising at a level that allows you to talk.
You should always check with your healthcare provider before starting a new exercise routine. The attached exercise videos are intended to increase strength, flexibility, endurance and to decrease the risk of falls in those who participate. We recommend the exercises be performed every other day. If any untoward events occur- while performing this or any exercise- such as dizziness, shortness of breath, extremity pain or chest pain, the exercises should be immediately stopped and a health care practitioner contacted.
Though exercise should be an important ingredient in everyone's health and wellness activities, it can, on rare occasions be dangerous. Falls or illnesses can occur directly as a result of exercising. If you have any doubt if you should exercise, please consult your health care practitioner.
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Click on the link below for exercise videos recommended by the National Council on Aging
If taking on an exercise routine right now is overwhelming for you, just keep in mind the motto, "sit less, move more." There are many ways to reduce your “tush time.” For example, get up during every commercial on TV and do an active chore or march in place. If you can’t walk or stand, try seated knee lifts, kicks, foot slides, punches or arm circles. If possible, take a walk outside. It's a great way to stay active and enjoy the benefits of fresh air and sunshine.
People, you can do this! We are reaching out to the same group of inspiring seniors who had to get up, get clean, get dressed, and get HERE to Generations multiple times per week to stay active. We know that you already cared about yourself enough to stay in a healthy routine before this pandemic. Please continue that self-care and self-motivation while you're staying in your home. We miss you!