Stress-Relief Stretching for Seniors and Beginners


If you’ve been following along, you know I’ve been posting weekly workout videos, each with their own theme, and here we are at workout #5.

For this week’s Stay Home Workout, we’re going into stress-busting mode, because I think we can agree we all need a little stress-relief right now. In this follow-along workout, we’ll be keeping it gentle with stretches and yoga poses that will leave you feeling relaxed and calm:

 

The whole 20 minute workout is all standing, so no going down to a mat. In the last half of the workout I teach a modified “Sun Salutations” routine. Sun Salutations is a simple routine of yoga stretches that works your whole body, and I personally have been doing it for decades. Hopefully, you can memorize the stretches and do it on your own regularly, too. Especially as we age, it’s important to keep training our flexibility. Sun Salutations is a wonderful way to do just that. Besides that, it’s such a pleasant and relaxing routine, great for our mental health, too.

Why Should I Exercise for Stress-Relief?

Being stressed sets off a chain of events in our bodies. When we feel stressed, our bodies release adrenaline, which is a hormone that will cause our breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure to temporarily increase… all part of the “fight or flight” response. When we continue to stay stressed, it takes a physical toll on us. Chronic stress can weaken our immune systems (NOT what we need right now) and cause other negative physiological responses, like raising our risk for various diseases and unwelcomed medical conditions. So basically, stress can make us sick. Exercise can actually level out our stress hormones, bringing them back down to healthier levels. It’ll also help you think clearer, feel more uplifted and energized, and give your immune system the boost it needs. All things we could use right now!

What are the Other Workouts in this Series?

If you’ve just jumped in, here’s a list of the other videos in my Stay at Home Workout series. All of them are easy-to-follow videos targeted for beginners or active seniors, and none of the workouts require you to go down to the floor:

#1: Posture Fixer-Upper Workout

#2: The Coordination-Building Workout

#3: Full-Body Resistance Bands Workout

#4: Low-Impact Cardio Aerobics

So there you go! I hope you’ll give this most recent stress-relieving stretch workout a try. Not only will you enjoy the process of DOING the workout, I promise you’ll continue your day on a happier note after you’ve done it. Comments below are always welcomed! Stay strong and healthy, all!

Namaste,

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.


    4 thoughts on “Stress-Relief Stretching for Seniors and Beginners

    1. Kathy

      Hi Stef. I’m nearly 70 years old and I have that very common lower belly fat. I will not do any type of cosmetic surgery. Do you have any suggestions on the best way to reduce this belly hang. It’s just miserable. Seems like any fat I gain goes right there. Please help.

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        That can be so frustrating when you gain all your weight in one area. Unfortunately, there’s no way to lose weight in one specific targeted area. When your body sheds fat, IT chooses where it’ll lose from, just like it chose where to put it on. The very BEST thing you can do is to keep moving and exercising, and monitor your caloric intake so that you’re creating a deficit… you’re burning more calories than you’re taking in. You need a deficit of 3500 calories to lose a pound, so it’s no easy task. If you’re consistent in creating that deficit, the weight will drop and eventually it’ll drop from your stomach too. Wishing you the very best! xo

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    2. Sally

      Hi Stef!
      I’ve been a subscriber for a couple of years and I want to thank you for this workout. As an unfit senior, I can do this! Keep up the good work. Thanks!

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        Hi Sally! I’m so glad you tried the workout… awesome you’re focusing on your health (both mental and physical) right now. Keep moving, Sally! I’ll be rooting for you! xo ❤️

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