Healthy Living's Home Workout Playlist
According to the National Institute on Aging, research has shown it’s important to get all four types of exercise: endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Each one has different benefits. For example, endurance exercises help to improve the health of your heart, lungs, and circulatory system while strength exercises keep muscles strong, which can help with balance and prevent falls and fall-related injuries. Practicing all four types of exercise helps reduce boredom and risk of injury.
LifePath's Healthy Living Home Workout Playlist highlights some great workouts from teachers who are offering their online classes for free. There are classes on this list that will lead you through all four types of exercise. Click here to start a home workout!
We also encourage you to visit your local library, YMCA, and senior center’s webpages to see what classes they’re offering.
In addition, you can practice some of the examples listed below for each type of exercise, while still maintaining social distance.
- Endurance exercises to increase your breathing and heart rate:
- Brisk walking or jogging
- Yard work (mowing, raking)
- Climbing stairs or hills
- Strength exercises help build and maintain muscles. Try:
- Lifting weights — you can use common objects from your home, such as bottled water or soup cans.
- Using a resistance band
- Balance exercises can help prevent falls and fall-related injuries. Try:
- Tai chi
- Balancing on one foot. Use a sturdy chair or counter for support as you get started.
- Flexibility exercises improve your ability to move freely.
- Flexibility exercises with a chair or the wall