Core exercises for older adults can be extremely beneficial for both health and wellbeing. The same can be said for seated core exercises, which can be just as beneficial for the abdominals as normal core exercises.
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Movement and activity for seniors is one of the best interventions towards a healthier life. It can reduce the risk of injury from falls and chronic disease whilst allowing day to day living to be that much easier. Resistance training can be the difference between being able to do the cleaning and gardening, which will increase ability to maintain activity levels and combat the effects of ageing.
Core work can be one of the crucial aspects of resistance training, especially when talking about training which has an impact on daily life. For those with reduced capacity, seated variations may be the only available core exercises. That’s why we’ve curated a list of the 10 seated core exercises seniors can use to progress their core strength.
Many seniors may have been inactive for a while due to a sedentary lifestyle of reduced movement capacity. This makes it crucial to ease into any form of physical activity. Start with the most basic exercises with low resistance and progressively add difficulty as you feel able.
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This resource was written by Sean Klein. Sean Richard Klein has thousands of hours of coaching experience and a BSc in Sports Science with Management from Loughborough University. He owns a gym in Bayonne France, CrossFit Essor, which runs group classes and a Personal training studio.