Arm Chair Yoga For Older Adults: Get Fit While You Sit!

 

YogaWe’ve all read about the benefits of yoga for older adults. It helps with core strength, balance and overall flexibility. But for seniors, yoga may not sound very appealing. Just getting down on a yoga mat may be too difficult for someone living with osteoarthritis or other physical impairments.

But exercise – especially the kind that helps improve core strength and flexibility – is increasingly more important as we age. Falls remain one of the leading causes of injuries and fatalities in the aging population. And the evening news has been full of warnings about the dangers of sitting more than four hours a day.

Setting all other risks factors aside, those who sit for more than four hours a day increase their risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 125% and for death by any cause by 50%. Clearly, the case for some form of exercise at every age is strong.

This is where Chair Yoga can help.

Chair yoga is essentially yoga modified for a seated position. It accommodates the physical limitations those living with osteoarthritis may have while still maintaining the benefits of yoga, which include:

  • Stronger core
  • Increased flexibility, mobility and balance
  • Improved feeling of well-being
  • Better breathing and increased oxygen intake
  • Improved relaxation response to stress
  • Weight loss and weight control

For seniors, yoga has also been shown to help manage the chronic pain and symptoms that accompany health conditions such as:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Depression
  • Scoliosis
  • Multiple Sclerosis

There are basic chair exercises that you can tackle as an easy means of getting started. You may find it helpful to print them out and try them on your own or to buy a DVD and follow along. Either way, here are a few helpful resources:

Here’s an infographic showing different Chair Yoga poses:

chair_yoga

One strong note of caution. An important “to do” before tackling any new form of exercise is to consult with your doctor first. Get their permission before starting Chair Yoga.

Have you tried Chair Yoga, or observed a class at an area assisted living community or senior center?

We would love to hear what you thought of it in the Comments below.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Als Covid Homecoming Post

How To Bring A Loved One Home From A Nursing Home

While different facilities have different procedures, there are some common things that can help you prepare for when your family member is coming back to their home. Below we’ve outlined a few helpful tips and reminders about what to do and what to expect when your family returns home. Print, save and share this infographic or use our form below to get a copy of this infographic emailed to you.                    

Als Covid Health And Wellness Post

8 Ideas to Support Your Health & Wellness During COVID-19

Now is the perfect time to focus on your health and wellness to keep your body strong during COVID-19. We’ve outlined 8 easy tips to use during this time to fuel your body, mind and soul. Print, save and share this infographic or use our form below to get a copy of this infographic emailed to you.   If you’d like a PDF version emailed directly to you, and to receive additional infographics and resources, join our newsletter.

Fraud Alert Graphic

Economic Impact Payments Fraud and What To Watch For

With the IRS releasing monies to citizens through the CARES Act, scammers are trying various tactics to access the economic impact payments from deserving individuals and families. Financial scams are an ongoing problem, in part due to our growing reliance on technology and digital payment systems. Our elderly are especially an easy target because many in the older generation are less tech savvy, isolated and lonely, or suffering from memory issues that impair their judgement. Here are some FACTS regarding

Als Covid Infographic Food Post

Safe Food Ideas During COVID-19

While it’s challenging during this time to make every-day grocery runs and food pickup and choices, we’ve outlined some quick tips on where and how to get food and supplies while things are closed or have special hours and restrictions. Print, save and share this infographic on some of our top ideas for safe food during COVID-19. You can also use our form below to get a copy of this infographic emailed to you.   If you’d like a PDF