Senior/Beginner Fitness: Posture Fixer-Upper Workout


Look, gang.

The BEST thing you can be doing for yourself during these difficult times is exercising. As long as we can stay virus-free, we have the potential to come out of this crisis healthier and fitter than ever. We’re stuck at home and there’s nothing to be done about that, so let’s use it to our advantage. Now’s the time to make exercise your #1 non-negotiable do-it-every-dang-day priority. Let’s start right here, right now, together:

 

I made this 20 minute follow-along workout video with beginners and active seniors in mind. Besides a chair or somewhere to sit for a few stretches at the very end, you’ll need no equipment.

 

This Workout’s Theme?! Posture, Posture, POSTURE!

I built this workout with exercises that will improve your posture. We all know our posture tends to decline with age, and since it’s so important to our long-term health, we really need to keep on top of it. Good posture keeps everything in its correct alignment so the least amount of strain gets placed on supporting muscles and ligaments. As we get older, we tend to form bad habits like slouching, which makes us vulnerable to injuries. No bueno.

I CHALLENGE YOU!

In the video towards the end, I also shared a balance challenge: standing on one leg while crossing the other leg over it in “eagle pose”, and then lifting the non-planted leg out to the side. Balance exercises force you to be consciously aware of your body AND your body’s posture while you’re doing them. The two are totally intertwined… balance and posture… and we should regularly work on keeping both at their best. By regularly I’m talking almost every day. Yep, that often.

Try doing that balance move EACH day all week this week. Do 3 sets of 10 on each leg, and you can even spread it out through your day. I showed a bunch of variations of the balance, so make sure you stay safe, but do try to challenge yourself at the appropriate level for your abilities!

 

As always, comments are welcomed and encouraged below. Let me know if you try it and what you thought!

Stay healthy and safe, all! And take heart friends, these are hard times, but we will get through this. ❤️

Love,

Trainer Stef



Stef spent 15 years as an educator in both the public K-12 setting and at the University level in Special Physical Education before making the leap to her true passion… the fitness world. She’s currently a personal trainer and wellness coach with a specialty in working with people with medical conditions and injuries. Stef has been a running enthusiast her entire adult life, and shares James’ love of cycling. She feels lucky they have a shared hobby in bicycling that enhances their RV lifestyle.


    18 thoughts on “Senior/Beginner Fitness: Posture Fixer-Upper Workout

    1. David Hoel

      Stef, thanks for this. It was just what we needed to help us get over our quarantined housebound ways.

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    2. Kathy

      Well I’m out of shape! Thank you so much for providing this workout. I’m almost 70 and this kicked my butt. It’s just what I need. I also use the senior coordination video and I walk 30 minutes a day, most days. Gets pretty hot in Texas. Just wanted you to know your work is greatly appreciated.

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        Your comment inspired me to add in a low-impact cardio aerobics workout video to this series, just filmed it today! It’ll be a good alternative for hot Texas days when you can’t get outside to walk. I’m so glad you did the posture workout! Keep exercising Kathy, and stay strong, sister! xo

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    3. Ted Schuldt

      Thank you so much, Stef. I also am benefiting from the exercises on the Winnabago site.
      Ted (71) recovering from bypass surgery.

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    4. Celeste Paquette

      This is perfect and quite doable for me, though I did feel the burn occasionally. Thank you so much again for making us a follow-along workout video. You are the bomb!! Celeste

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        I’m so glad you tried it and found it challenging, too! Keep the workouts coming and stay strong, Celeste! xo

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    5. Keyte Dalton

      Thank you for this great workout!
      After doing online teaching for 3 weeks (iinstead of moving thousands of steps a day with my first graders), I am quite stiff.
      Now that we are on spring break, I have the opportunity to take care of things around the house, and me!
      I will keep up these stretches and share this video with my colleagues.
      Thanks again!

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        Oh wow 1st grade online! Bet that’s a challenge; my grandmunchkin is in 1st grade; I’ve been thinking about his teacher and what a tough job she has right now. So hang in there, sister! Glad you’re taking care of you right now… it’s the best thing you can be doing for yourself. Keep going, keep moving, and be well! xo ❤️

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    6. Rebecca

      Thank you for a wonderful exercise video! I really appreciate that there were no floor exercises that hurt my wrists. It is hard to put weight on aging wrists and try to balance at the same time as in most other ‘beginner’ programs. I felt fantastic after this workout! I hope that you will make many more beginner videos. You made me feel very confident that I was doing each stretch correctly. Much love from Colorado.

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        Hi Rebecca! Great job doing this workout and I’m so glad you felt fabulous after! Keep taking care of YOU… you’re so so worth it. Rooting for you; stay strong! xo

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    7. Kathy Campo

      I am 67, and my husband and I follow you and James. When my husband said Stef put out a senior video, since we can’t go to the gym I said great. I sat down and watched it first and said that’s not bad, BUT WOW, GREAT WORKOUT. I haven’t worked out like that in ages. We had just signed up at our local community center, and then we were quarantined. Thank you so much.

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        AWESOME! I’m so happy to hear you tried it and it was challenging for you! Proud of you for working on staying fit even though you can’t use that new community center membership right now. Keep exercising Kathy! And tell your hubs he needs to join you next time! 🙂 xo

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    8. Adrian

      Hello Stef, thanks for this video! We’ve been caged since March 8 … so please do more videos like this for beginners. Greetings from Italy (and sorry for my english)!

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        Oh my, from Italy! We went from wringing our hands watching what your country was going through, to going through it ourselves. Sending love and healthy vibes from the US! Stay well Adrian, and keep on exercising! xo

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    9. Doug Worrell

      Exactly what I needed today because my health club is closed. More importantly this set of exercises is Something I was not doing and it’s what I need. Your descriptions and admonishments and pointers as you work through this exercise are excellent. Thank you.

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        So glad to hear it was useful! And hey, great job focusing on your fitness even though you can’t go to the gym right now. Keep it up! xo

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