Have you ever tried a virtual exercise class?
When the pandemic began, many people found it difficult to keep up with their exercise routines as they could no longer attend gyms or classes.
It didn’t take long, however, for people to find a way around this - and the world soon saw a significant rise in the number of people taking part in virtual exercise classes.
Try a Virtual Yoga ClassOne of the many benefits of a virtual exercise class is that they’re easily accessible, and you can join in with live sessions or watch prerecorded ones. This means your exercise can fit around your personal schedule.
Yoga is great for stretching your muscles and strengthening your core - and there are many different types and levels, so you don’t need to have any prior experience with yoga to join in.
Yoga also focuses on deep breathing and connecting with your body, which can help to improve your mood and help you feel more relaxed. Why not try looking for a beginners session for seniors and give yoga a try?
Join in With a Virtual Dance ClassYou don’t need to be a professional to join in with a dance class. Dance is a great way of releasing your energy and connecting with your feelings. You can let the music move you, and have fun in the process.
Many virtual classes have been adapted to suit the audience by reducing the space and equipment needed, and dance is a prime example of that. You don’t need any equipment and can dance in as much or as little space as you like.
Try Exercising With Gentle WeightsThere are many types of classes available online to suit all abilities and requirements, so you can browse to find a class that suits you.
Virtual exercise classes can help you stay fit and healthy from the comfort of your own home. This is particularly beneficial if you’re feeling nervous or are a beginner.
So, if there’s an exercise you’re keen to try but haven’t had the courage to do in front of others, a virtual exercise class is the perfect way to introduce yourself to it.
Have you considered exercise with weights before? This is great for building your muscle strength, and also helps to improve your balance. You can use small weights and just do some gentle lifts to ease into it; you don’t need heavy weights for it to have a positive effect on your body and mind.
Take Part in Chair ExercisesChair exercises are beneficial for those who’re just starting out with exercise, or for those who have limited movement.
You can follow along with a class and adapt it yourself, or find a specific class to do from your chair.
This can be stretching, leg raises, or gently pulling yourself up and down in a seated position.
These will all help to increase your movement and gradually help to build up your strength. Chair exercises are a firm favourite with our residents in our Wellbeing Care homes.
We hope you’ll find these exercises helpful, but please remember to check with your medical care practitioner before partaking in new exercises or classes.
For more ways to stay healthy, why not read our previous blog on the importance of hydration and nutrition?
Alternatively, please contact a member of our team for more information about our care services.