While you might not be able to do as many sit-ups as once you did in your 20s, maintaining core strength is important especially as we get older. Some top reasons to strengthen your core include improving overall balance and stability, improving body strength and posture, reducing the risk of injury, and to make daily tasks easier.
If you want to take charge of your physical health and start working on building a stronger core today then give these core exercises for seniors a try! Just remember to speak to your doctor before starting a new workout regimen.
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The superman exercise not only increases your core strength but it is also good for your upper and lower back muscles, glutes, and hamstrings. Strengthening these muscles is essential for walking, sitting, standing as well as many other daily activities. This exercise is performed on the floor so make sure you grab a cushioned mat before starting!
Begin by lying down on the floor, face down, and stretch your arms out in front of you. Next, lift your head, right arm, and left leg all at the same time — try to bring your arm and leg about two inches off the floor. Hold for a few seconds then slowly drop back down. Repeat the exercise with the opposite side and try to repeat for 10 repetitions.
A quick tip: If this exercise feels too easy you can try lifting both arms and legs at the same time.