Let’s face it, most of us are quite happy to stay in our comfy chairs than get up and exercise. But lack of movement over time will decrease flexibility, cause stiffness in muscles and joints and affect our heart health. It’s doubly difficult for the elderly when mobility is decreased and every day movements become laborious. It can be very deflating to the spirit when it becomes ever more difficult to get up, walk about and do all the things mobile people take for granted, but there’s still ‘mobility’ even in decreased mobility which is why it’s important to move what we’ve got while we still can.
There’s no doubt that exercise, any form of exercise is essential to our health and well-being. It keeps our muscles and bones strong, slows down joint rigidity, improves flexibility and helps us maintain healthy blood circulation. Before we get into them, let’s start off the series with some some gentle stretching exercises that can be performed while seated.
Regardless our age, these are simple yet effective stretches for anyone who is often sedentary. So the next time you’re watching the TV with an elderly loved one, get stretching together!