As part of a regular exercise routine, it’s important to include moves to strengthen your core. An article from Harvard Health reminds people that a strong core is key for maintaining balance and stability, supporting the lower back, and helping older adults get up and down.
Harvard Health consulted with Marty Boehm, a physical therapist with Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, who gave some tips on the best core exercises for seniors.
Boehm’s exercise recommendations are as follows:
- Opposite arm and leg raises
In addition, Boehm also noted that sit-ups and crunches are the worst core exercises for seniors to do, telling Harvard Health, “They’re dangerous because you’re pulling on your neck.”
Core Exercises Are a Great Addition to Your Routine
Incorporating core moves into your routine will help strengthen not only your core muscles but will help protect your back and make you more stable on your feet. When done in conjunction with other exercises, such as a daily walk, yoga, stretching, or light strength training, you’ll be well on your way to keeping your body strong and fit.
To hear more about staying active in retirement, check out our other articles on Council of Seniors 365.