It is important for your loved one to get as much exercise as possible in order to ward off medical problems. While all activities that stimulate cardio health are good, it is also important to build muscle strength. There are many reasons why these factors matter.
Why Build Muscle Strength?
When we get to a certain age, we may find ourselves struggling with issues such as balance as well as muscle pain. This is especially so when we engage in physical activities such as walking or swimming. By building muscle strength, we are able to avoid these health problems. We are also able to burn more calories as muscles assist in fat burning. This results in weight loss and hence greater health benefits.
So, what are the exercises that an individual can undertake to build muscle strength?
Here, you sit on a chair with feet placed on the ground. The seat should be armless otherwise it will be impossible to perform this workout. Slowly twist to the right and then to the left by just moving your torso. Your feet and legs should remain firmly in place. You should also not move your hands which should be in the middle of your torso.
Lying Abdominal Crunch
For this activity, you should lie on your back and place your feet flat on the floor. This means that your knees need to be slightly bent. You should then place your hands on the side of your head and near your ears. Slowly lift your upper body so the torso is off the ground. Aim to create a curved C shape and then slowly lower your upper body down again. Repeat this several times, slowly increasing the count as your muscles get better at this.
While still lying on your back with your feet on the floor, move your pelvis upwards so that you can feel your lower abdomen touching the floor. Repeat several times before moving on to the next workout.
This one is similar to the pelvic tilt but works on a different set of muscles. Here, lie on the floor with your feet firmly on the ground. Lift the torso while keeping your feet touching the ground. This creates a space between the floor and your back that would look like a bridge. While doing so, ensure that your shoulders and upper back are still touching the floor. Repeat this several times.
When doing any of these workouts, you should ensure that you pose no risk to yourself or others. Start slow and build up the intensity of the workout over time. If you experience unusual pain or discomfort, you should discontinue that particular workout immediately.
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