Exercising at home is great because:
we can do it at a time that suits us (in our experience being older doesn’t suddenly mean we have ions of free time - quite the opposite in fact);
we can wear whatever clothing we are comfortable in;
we can build confidence in our movements without others watching; and
our lounge or kitchen or garden or balcony is accessible to us (we don’t have to travel anywhere at any cost).
In spite of the benefits, some people can be concerned that exercising at home brings a greater risk of injury. And, it’s true, all activity has a risk of injury. However, as long as we are sensible about what we do, and how we do it, we can minimise this risk to an acceptable level.
Today there is a wealth of scientific evidence available about the rich health and wellness benefits of exercising - no matter our age or whether or not we’ve been active in the past.
So, we’ve compiled our top 7 tips on how to stay safe when exercising at home:
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions (including high blood pressure), or injuries - talk to an appropriate medical professional before beginning any new exercise routines.
Choose a type of exercise that suits your current capability. For example, - start with low impact short amounts of exercises, and combine it with getting out for a walk if you can.
Clear a safe space to exercise by removing any hazards, including any mats that may slip, or items you may fall over.
Have a balance aid (such as a chair, wall or bench etc.) within reach. This way you can use it in situations where you feel unbalanced.
If you live alone, have a phone within reach.
Have a glass of water or a drink bottle handy and stay hydrated.
Be aware of how you are feeling before, during and after exercising, and if you are feeling ‘off’ - consider deferring what you are doing until you’re feeling better.
As stated by a Harvard Medical School Specialist, when faced with the question from an older adult of ‘is it safe for me to start exercising ?’ The better question is in fact ‘is it safe for me to stay sedentary?’
Have a good week.
Co-Founder AgeFIT Home
At AgeFIT, our certified functional aging specialist designs and demonstrates online video strength, mobility and balance routines for seniors that people can choose to do in their own homes at times that suit them. With 3 levels (basic-moderate-challenging), we have progressions and modifications for most exercises enabling people to adapt the exercises to their individual strengths and weaknesses. Click HERE>> to learn more about our 8 Week Strength & Balance Program for Seniors.
The content of this article is the personal view of the author, and is not intended as medical advice. The author is not a licensed medical professional, and this article is not specific medical advice. We recommend that if you have a pre-existing condition, which may be affected by low impact exercise, we recommend you seek the advice of your doctor or specialist before commencing any of our exercise routines.