Keeping fit at home
The best exercises to do from the comfort of your own home...
Have you been going out for a daily walk? Or are you finding it hard to fit in any exercise while you’re at home? Maybe you’re not sure how to get moving safely.
We’re here to help.
We all know that exercise is so important for keeping us healthy. In fact, the NHS says the benefits of exercise are:
It keeps your mind sharp – regular exercise for those over 50 improves cognitive function, including memory.
It improves mental health – exercise doesn’t just make you look better on the outside, it can also significantly benefit your mental health and well-being too.
It can reduce the risk of certain illnesses – developing symptoms like heart disease, cancer and diabetes can be significantly reduced by fitting regular physical activity into your life.
It helps maintain muscle mass – which is important for keeping us strong and able to move about for much longer. It is also important for your bones too, as a healthy bone density can reduce the risk of falls and trips.
Our resident fitness expert, Anna shares her wisdom on how to exercise at home:
She said: “Some of the best exercises to try are some of the easiest, and they may make more of a difference to your body than you realise.
“A wise man once said, ‘you may as well try something once’, so here’s our guide to some of the most obvious (and alternative) exercises to try in your living room.
“Be mindful though. None of these exercises should be painful, so if it hurts then stop.”
First up, Chair based
There are lots of exercises you can do from the comfort of your favourite chair.
Why not try marching? You can swing your arms to increase the effort and once you get the hang of it you could up the repetitions or go a little bit faster.
Second are Arm exercises
Extending and stretching your arms to keep blood flowing is important. It gives your body a reminder that you still want to take care of it, and it’s really easy to do.
You could even grab a couple of tins of spaghetti hoops from the cupboard and practice pulling them away from you, then towards you. You could also try lifting each arm out and up into the air – alternatively at first and then together.
Third is Leg ups
It is important to keep your legs just as active as your arms by moving them throughout the day. This can be done by sitting up tall in a chair and carefully lifting the bottom part of your leg up and down.
Try 10 repetitions and see how you get on, then up the ante if you feel comfortable.
Another fun way to exercise is to practice some dance moves while sitting listening to your favourite music. You can try some seated shimmys, hand jives, claps, finger pointing, toe taps and even some gentle twisting.
Give it a go and let us know the results.