A few weeks ago, we introduced you to Elicia Stewart, a wellness coach at Prestige Senior Living. In her Q+A with us, Elicia discussed her background, our exercise programming at Prestige, and the personal connection to her work through her mother’s recent health crisis.
Today, we bring you a new installment with Elicia, except this one will be a little different. Elicia recently filmed exercises that are part of our Energize Exercise program. They represent the three core elements of the program: Activate, Invigorate and Energize.
The great thing about this program is that they can be tailored to the ability level of the participant – meaning they can be done seated, standing or a combination of both.
If you’d like to participate with the videos, please ensure you are physically healthy enough to do so, and please check with a physician if you’re not sure. Also, if you or a loved one are considering senior living, at Prestige our wellness coaches meet with all new residents to do an assessment and then tailor the workout plan to their abilities – so even if some of the exercises in the videos aren’t for you, at Prestige we’d make sure you’re getting the right level of fitness to stay fit and strong.
First up is Activate – please make sure you have a sturdy chair ready, as these exercises will all be done while seated. If you have an exercise ball or a balloon, that will be helpful, as well as resistance bands. But if you don’t have those items, just follow along to the best of your abilities:
Next up is Invigorate – as with Activate, you’ll want to have a chair ready. Many of the exercises in this feature are standing, but there are some you will do seated as well. As with before, you’ll also want to use a ball or balloon and resistance band if you have them, as well as a stopwatch (you can use the stopwatch feature on your smartphone if you have one).
Lastly, the third level is Energize. Once again you’ll want a chair available, one sturdy enough to support you for some of the standing exercises. You’ll also want to have a stopwatch available, a ball or balloon, resistance band and agility ring. If you don’t have an agility ring handy, you can lay down tape on the floor to designate the area you’ll need. There are also exercises that require a partner in this session, so if you have a friend or loved one with you, have them join in!
The exercise programs at Prestige serve several purposes – not only is it for fitness and health, but they help with fall reduction as well. Falls are a leading cause of injury among seniors, and the impacts can extend to the mental health of seniors as well.
We encourage you to bookmark this page and come back often to run through the exercises again! If you’d like to learn more about fitness for seniors, we are having a free webinar on August 31 at 2 p.m. Pacific Time with Adrian Cagigas, a licensed athletic trainer and senior fitness expert.
He will be speaking about the importance of exercise and physical activity for seniors; topics will include why seniors need to exercise regularly, how exercise helps reduce falls and he’ll offer some tips and exercises seniors can use to improve their health, lead an active lifestyle and maintain independence.