Here is a short and fun routine of warm up exercises for seniors that you can do in your home before you start your exercise program. The routine is quite different than the warmup exercises found in my book, Exercise for Better Bones.
I often do these warm up exercises with my clients in my Physical Therapy studio and some have enjoyed it so much that they asked me to capture it on video so that they can do it at home.
Warm Up Exercises for Seniors Video with K-os
I use the song Crabbuckit by K-os for timing. I do the routine on an exercise ball.
It is a fun and energetic warmup exercise routine. I am moving on the ball throughout the routine.
A Few Words Regarding Safety
If you do plan to follow along, just make sure that you put secure props around the ball in case you move one way or another that there is something solid to block your movement. I would not want to see you fall off your ball!
Sofa cushions or large pads will do the job. Just make sure that they are stable and do not move easily.
Make sure you are using a burst resistant exercise (physio) ball that can support your weight and is sized correctly. The ball size should be such that when you are sitting on the ball, your legs are parallel to the ground.
Last point: make sure that your feet are very stable and have a good grip on the ground. This is especially important if this is the first time you have done this.
In the video I am in my bare feet. You can also use running shoes and have the ball on a secure mat that grips with the bottom of the shoes.
A good grip allows you to catch yourself in case of a sudden and unexpected move.
Osteoporosis Exercise Plan
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