Staying Fit at Home

Staying Fit at Home
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    Author: Asia Meilleur ( Client Care Coordinator)

    With Ontario’s stay at home order still in effect and no set dates on when public gyms and recreation centers will open, Ontarians practice social distancing to different degrees. From quarantine to social distancing, especially in older Canadians, resulting in less activity for most. Without social indoor walking, pools, fitness classes, which would typically be a great way to stay active older Canadians need to look to other ways to keep fit. Physical exercise is vital to maintaining both physical and mental health.

    According to the Government of Canada, Physical activity tips for older adults (65 years and older) - Canada.ca 2.5 hours of exercises per week is recommended. Spread out over several sessions. The listed benefits of staying active include improved balance, reduced fall and injury, extended independent living, Disease prevention, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.

    The good news is the internet is full of great exercise videos, and some not so great. In my many years in the fitness industry, I have compiled a library of videos for all fitness levels to help you stay fit and healthy at home.

    Let’s start with a video for anyone looking to start adding small movements into their existing daily routine. This 6-minute chair exercise video from Eldergym Fitness for Seniors can be easily incorporated into your day. Every time you get up from a chair, do a few repetitions of any of the variations are demonstrated. 6 minutes each time can add up to a 30 minutes a day workout.

    Man working out

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    ECU exercise science expert Professor Ken Nosaka Teaches you five easy to follow exercises that you can easily do at home with no equipment. He takes you through the movements as well as the recommended number of repetitions. Work at your own pace.

    workout video man and woman working out

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    If you are looking for a great way to stretch and increase mobility, flexibility and relieve stiffness, this seated yoga and stretch class from Senior Fitness with Meredith is perfect. This 25-minute guided yoga stretch class will leave you feeling relaxed and energized.

    lady stretching leg

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    Looking to challenge yourself a little bit? This 60-minute workout for older adults from Go4life, National Institute on Aging is a great workout. Go4Life fitness instructor Sandy Magrath leads older adults through a sample workout featuring a warm-up, strength, flexibility, balance exercises, and a cool down with stretches. Designed for older adults., this workout can be done at home with minimal set up using things you have in your pantry in place of gym equipment.

    workout video

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    Stay fit and have fun, friends!

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