Engaging in regular exercise is one of the most important things you can do, especially as we get older. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends that you get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week with at least two days dedicated to strengthening your muscles. Yoga is a great low-impact form of exercise that offers plenty of benefits for older adults. This includes reducing stress, pain, fatigue, and inflammation in the body while also increasing flexibility and strength.
While yoga can benefit everyone, regardless of your age, it can be hard to do especially if you have don’t have good balance, have trouble standing, or if you have never tried yoga before. If that’s the case then you should give chair yoga a try! Even though you’ll be practicing modified poses, you will still get all the same benefits of regular yoga. Let’s explore 10 chair yoga exercises you can start doing now!
Before beginning make sure you have a sturdy chair. It’s also worth noting, you should speak with your medical professional before starting a new workout regimen.
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Seated Warrior I
The warrior I pose is great for opening your hips, chest, and legs. It will also help you improve your balance, stability, core strength, and will promote good circulation and respiration. Begin by sitting sideways on the chair facing the right. Keep your right leg bent over the side of the chair then swing your left leg behind you.
Next, position your left foot to be parallel with the seat and straighten your leg. Keep your torso facing over the right leg and then on an inhale raise your arms to the ceiling and hold for a few breaths. Then exhale and bring your arms down and position your body on the other side and repeat.