Balance and coordination can deteriorate with age. Hence, it is essential to take extra precautions when doing physical activities. Falls can be severe and should be avoided at all costs. In this blog, we’re going to discuss a few exercises designed specifically to help older adults prevent falls. Our NDIS-registered personal trainers recommend these fall prevention exercises, so you can rest assured that they are safe and effective. Let’s get started!
The Exercise: Chair Squat Variations Exercises for Seniors
The Two-Legged Squat
The first variation is a two-legged squat. To begin, stand with your feet hip-width apart in front of a chair with a backrest for support. Slowly lower yourself into the chair until your buttocks touch the seat. Push yourself back up to a standing position using your legs as you exhale. Repeat this movement ten times for the best results.
The One-Legged Squat
For an extra challenge, try the one-legged squat variation. Start by standing with your feet together in front of the chair with the backrest. Lift one leg, so it is slightly off the ground and hold it for balance as you slowly lower yourself into the chair with both hands on the backrest for support. Push yourself back up to a standing position with two legs as you exhale, then switch legs and repeat ten times.
The Benefits of Chair Squat Exercises for Seniors
Fall prevention is essential to staying healthy and active among older adults. Exercises like these two variations of a chair squat are helpful tools in any senior’s fitness routine. Whether new to exercising or have been active all your life, this exercise will help keep older adults safe without compromising enjoyment or fun. Our team of NDIS-registered personal trainers at Fitness Enhancement, who also work with allied health professionals, is Australia-wide. We can come to your home or to a nearby park to create a personalised exercise plan tailored specifically to your goals and needs to encourage healthy and active living no matter what stage of life you may be in! With practice comes progress; give these fall prevention exercises a try today and feel confident knowing that with every rep comes increased safety during physical activity.
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