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There are ways to be active that are gentle on our bodies.

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"I can't be physically active."

  • Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong and healthy. Move your body in a way that feels comfortable for you. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist about safe ways to stretch if you have any health concerns.

  • Stretching your legs can help strengthen the leg muscles and help reduce symptoms of arthritis in the knee. Sit down and straighten one leg out in front of you. Hold it for one second and repeat 10-15 times. Switch legs and repeat.

  • Stretch your chest muscles to improve posture. Sitting or standing, hold your arms at shoulder height with your palms facing forward. Slowly move your arms back and squeeze shoulder blades together. Hold for 15-30 seconds and repeat 2-5 times.

  • Stand behind a chair and hold for balance. Slowly lift one leg to the side keeping it straight. Hold for one second and repeat 10-15 times. Switch legs and repeat.

Try This

Try one of these stretching exercises today. 

Exercise for Seniors

Watch this video for simple stretching exercises you can do sitting down.