Senior Stretching Exercises
Fitness Video Exercise Series
These senior stretching exercises are geared towards people over the
age of 50 or those with limited mobility. Of course anyone can enjoy
these seated chair stretches.
Before starting your stretching exercises be sure you are
Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Make sure your
clothes will move with you as you stretch your body.
This fitness video series of stretching exercises for seniors
are mostly performed in a chair. This gives you the added
security of balance and stability.
This helps to prevent injury from a potential fall and is easier on the
joints. However, you can perform these same stretching exercises
Just remember to keep your balance and only stretch it as
far as it is comfortable. You don't want to over extend your muscles.
Over extending the muscles can create tiny tears and injury
to the muscles.
Use the links below to go to a specific video and instructions. To view
them all from the beginning, just use the next button on this page
below the list.
List of Senior Stretching Exercises
There is a total of 7 videos in this series. There are also a couple of links to useful stretches on YouTube.
The first is a warm up routine performed in a chair. It's important to first warm up the muscles and then stretch them.
should do a warm up and stretch before any aerobics or strength
training. Additionally you should do a cool down and stretch again
after your workout.
The first 3 are for the
upper body that will stretch your shoulders, arms chest, wrists, hands
and lower back.
The next four are for the lower body that will stretch your hamstrings,
shins, and other muscles. In this group is a complete 7 minutes
stretching workout for the legs.
Lastly, there is a video that is not really stretching, but exercises
to help with arthritis in the hands.
Chair Warm Up ExerciseBiceps, Shoulder and Chest Stretch
Lower Back Stretch
Arms and Wrists Stretch
This video also stretches
Misc. Lower Body Stretches
These stretches are
performed on an exercise mat and not in a chair.
To start these senior stretching exercises in order, click on the next button below. Additional Stretches
The links below will take you directly to a couple of videos on YouTube that you might find useful. Senior Stretching Exercises for the Legs
This is an 8 minute yoga leg stretching routine performed by an 82 year old registered yoga teacher.
Arthritis Exercises for the Hands
You will need an exercise band and a chair for this stretching workout.
This is another video that you can follow along. It is a short but useful way to stretch and strengthen the hands and fingers.
This is especially useful for those who have arthritis in the hands.
Benefits of Stretching for Seniors
Stretching no matter what
age has benefits. It helps keep the muscles toned and lengthened.
Stretching is a relaxing activity that can help relieve stress and let
you get a restful sleep.
However stretching for seniors has added benefits. The muscles in our bodies become shorter and lose elasticity as we age.
you may experience joint pain and pain from arthritis. This causes many
elderly adults to slow down and stop some normal active routines in
Stretching can help improve flexibility making it
easier to move about. It can help offset the decline in the joints
which can help you move about easier.
Stretching also improves
your circulation and can reduce symptoms of certain diseases. It is
especially helpful for those that have arthritis.
As with any
senior exercise program, you should check with your doctor and discuss
any limitations they may have for you based on your fitness level and
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