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.


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

    1. Cynthia

      What a lovely video. I have been looking for a gentle, standing stretching routine for a while now, to do on my rest days. This is it! It was easy on my body, felt healing and energizing, and allowed my sore muscles/tricky lower back to lengthen and restore. The perfect balance between a stretch and a challenge. Excellent directions and pacing too. I was smiling by the end. Loved it, thank-you!

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        Thank you for letting us know! We didn’t know what you were talking about as there shouldn’t be any ad interruptions on ANY vids on FitRV YouTube. But! After some digging learned YouTube automatically changed its default settings back on July 27th so that there are commercials on all videos longer than 8 minutes. We didn’t know! So, we’ve since checked the box to override this and there should no longer be any commercials interrupting any of our vids. Sorry for the inconvenience, but thank you so much for reporting this to us!!!

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    2. Rebecca

      I look forward to this stretching video every morning since I found it on Youtube. I usually do not have patience for stretching, but this video is as relaxing as it is beneficial. I have much better flexibility and balance in just three weeks. I especially notice how much my chronic neck stiffness and pain has diminished. I feel so blessed to have my own personal trainer! Thank you Stefany. Blessings from Colorado.

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        Awww, Rebecca, this is so nice! I’m super proud of you for making this a habit each morning, what a great way to begin the day. And I’m here for you if you have questions or anything! I’ll be rooting for you; keep going! xo

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    3. Lyne

      Hello Stefany,
      I just tried the stretching workout twice and not only I can follow, but also I feel I benefit from it! Thanks for your talent in patience, clarity and sequence.

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    4. Liz

      Hi Stef! I discovered you on youtube and I just wanted to drop you a comment on how fabulous your videos are! I’ve got a whole load of lower back problems, and limited space in my tiny apartment, so these workouts are perfect for me after my morning walk. Also you have an insanely soothing voice. I hope you keep making these!

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        Wow, Liz, thank you for your kind words! I’ve always hated hearing my voice on these videos, lol, so I appreciate the confidence boost. Glad the videos are working for you YAYYYY! You’ve motivated me to start thinking about making more. Be well, Liz! And keep exercising! xo

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    5. Jaci Tusman

      Hi Stefany,
      I want to thank you for bringing such joy to my life through your wonderful fitness program. Your gentle guiding voice and encouragement are so appreciated. I feel so much better since working with you every day.
      Is it possible for you to tell me the name of the beautiful violin music that you play in the background?
      Thank you.

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        Awww, Jaci, this is so sweet! I’m so glad you’re enjoying this stretch workout, it’s a great way to move and relax at the same time. The music in this video comes from the website Soundstripe: http://www.soundstripe.com

        We have a subscription so we can use their music on our videos, so all my latest videos have music from that source. I’m not sure which songs exactly I used, but I’ll try to figure it out, and when I do, I’ll come back and let you know! I think you can browse their music in the meantime without a subscription, so feel free to check them out! xo

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    6. Elaine

      Hi Stef. I have been doing your stretch workout for 3 weeks now. I am so happy I found your site. It has been years since I’ve done any type of stretches. These are easy and I feel great. I plan to continue.
      Thank you for your videos.

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        I’m so happy to hear it! Glad the stretches are working for you, and I’m proud of you for taking a renewed interest in your flexibility. Keep it up, Elaine! I’ll be rooting for you! xo

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    7. 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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    8. 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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