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for older adults

Jordan’s flexibility session 26 February

Led by Jordan, this 26-minute session for older adults concentrates on exercises for the spine and shoulders.

The spine and shoulders are usually problem areas for most older adults. We tend to sit more than we should so the spine loses its ability to flex, extend, twist and bend. Another result of a sedentary lifestyle is the tightening of the shoulders. They pull forward into a rounded position, which contributes towards a hunched posture. This session aims to combat both of these problems. It gently moves the spine in various ways and pulls the shoulders back into a more neutral position. By the end of the session, you should feel more mobility in both of these areas.

This session is a good routine to be done regularly and consistently as the spine and shoulders need constant correction to enable them to adapt. A lasting result of regular exercise is a reduced risk of injury. Movements in everyday life tend to force the spine and shoulders into varying positions. This session will strengthen them in such positions.

We’d love to have your comments on these exercises for the spine and shoulders. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Fit For Good YouTube Channel! Please do consider donating to Fit For Good so that we can carry on providing FREE sessions.

What is Fit For Good?

Research supports the fact that regular exercise is vital to good health and helps control the ageing process. Fit For Good is a programme specifically designed to help men and women over 60, of all abilities. It enables them to take more control over how they age and enjoy becoming more mobile, stable and socially active.

Although we all understand that exercise is essential for living well into old age, it’s hard to find a way to make it part of daily life. Fit For Good sessions aim to help you enjoy healthier, happier ageing. Our professional trainers guide you. You gain strength, balance, flexibility and stamina during each workout. You work at your own pace and your own ability – although it’s always good to push yourself just slightly to gain maximum benefit.

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MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR SESSION

Fit For Good online sessions are a convenient, enjoyable way of improving your fitness and helping to increase your strength, stability and balance.

To make the most of each session:

  • Position your computer, laptop, iPad or phone on a stable surface near where you will be working. If you can get YouTube on your television, that's another option
  • Check the floor where you are exercising is not slippery and that there is nothing you could trip over
  • Wear loose clothing and comfortable trainers or shoes
  • Keep a glass or bottle of water to hand to ensure you stay hydrated
  • Have a chair or other stable object to hold onto if necessary
  • Place your weights - whether they are actual dumbbells, cans of beans, bottles of water or whatever works for you - where you can easily reach them, but won't trip over them
  • Exercise within your comfort zone, pausing the video whenever you need to rest or hydrate
  • Play background music if it helps you relax

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PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING ANY EXERCISE PROGRAMME