Lockdown doesn't mean you should restrict your physical activity, which is vital to leading a healthy life. It is even more important to increase your physical activity while you're at home during lockdown, to avoid gaining weight. Older adults are more vulnerable to COVID-19 due to their weak immune system. So, staying active is one way to fight the viral infection.
Besides losing those extra kilos, working out regularly can also help improve muscle mass, fight symptoms of illness or pain, and reduce risks of developing cardiovascular diseases.
Therefore, we bring to you a few floor exercises which will help older adults shed excessive weight without making use of any equipment.
Note:Before starting any new exercise program, check with your doctor to ensure the program is right for you. In case you suffer from acute back pains, your physician may suggest some modifications to these exercises.
The bird dog strengthens the core using your own bodyweight and majorly targets the abdominal muscles, lower back, butt and thighs.
Kneel on the mat on all fours.
Extend one arm straight in front, draw in the abdominals, and extend the opposite leg long behind you.
Repeat on the other side.
Perform 8 to10 reps per side.
Move slow and steady, holding the arm and leg out momentarily before switching.