chair exercises for seniors
Twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 am, PBS airs “Happy Yoga,” a twenty-two minute exercise program featuring seated gentle movements and stretches lead by yogi Sarah Starr. The videos are shot in serene spots such as a field of sunflowers, or at a beach with waves licking the rocks in the background.
The exercises vary, but typically include shoulder rolls, seated cat-cow (arching and releasing the back), and gentle tapping with kitty paws (using your knuckles). You can make these exercises more challenging by standing, which I typically do. The movements are slow and repetitive, which makes it a relaxing and meditative time for you to unwind and de-stress.
I record these and watch them when I need to relax and move my tight muscles without having to change into exercise clothes; I highly recommend it.
Here’s two of her videos you can watch right now:
Photo: Me doing a butterfly stretch on a rock