Online Exercise in Your Own Home! - Give it a go!Aug 02, 2021
Online Exercise Options
Are you looking for an exercise option at home either to start your fitness regime or to supplement a community or gym exercise class or workout?
These days there is an abundance of fitness workouts online, but it’s important that you find one that suits you, that’s safe yet challenging, provides options for seated, standing and active, teaches you how to sit, stand and move well, and more importantly that you enjoy.
Where to start?
First you’ll need a recording device - a laptop, tablet, Ipad or smart phone - and good internet connection. Ask a tech-savvy friend or family member if you need some help.
Next search for “seniors exercise” on Google or YouTube or go directly to our website www.supercue.nz
Once you’ve found a workout to try, you’ll need to set up your device. A bigger screen is definitely better so if you can, run it straight from your smart tv. Invest in a chromecast which you can buy for around $70. This plugs into your TV and lets you redirect videos from your device directly to your tv. If you don’t have a smart tv, set up your device so that you can easily see the screen, preferably at eye level.
Next, set up your exercise space with a sturdy straight-backed chair, preferably without arms. You can either choose to do your whole workout seated in your chair, or simply use it for support.
Check your space for trip hazards – rugs, cords etc and ensure you have at least a 2-metre free space around you.
Dress appropriately. You don’t have to wear lycra leggings, but make sure your clothing is comfortable, maybe with a bit of stretch, and neither too tight nor too loose.
Footwear is important too. Its good to have shoes with a bit of support, a flexible sole, but not too heavy. Definitely no jandals, sloppy slippers, heels or boots please!
You may need some other equipment – some small dumbbells or a resistance band, but initially just try the workout without equipment.
Then push play and get started. Be sure to listen to your body and work at your own pace. Once you are familiar with the routine, pick up the pace to challenge yourself – that’s the best way to improve.
What to look for in your workout
- Options for seated, standing and active
- Strength and balance exercises that safely challenge you
- Good instruction on breathing and posture
- Exercises to get your heart rate up and get you puffing
- Exercises ad instruction on how to work your core and what it should feel like
- Music and choreography to make it fun and challenge your brain
- Full body stretches with lots of good instruction
- Variety – doing the same workout for weeks on end is NOT the way to continual improvement
We offer the above and much more.
- A free taster session and then a cost-effective subscription service
- Tutorials and handouts to help you get more out of your workout
- A radio show where we educate on exercise and movement
- An online community for encouragement and support
- Email and phone support to help you every step of the way
- A DVD for those who would prefer it
Find out more at www.supercue.nz
By Marya Hopman – Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, founder of OptimalMe Fitness and co-founder of seniors’ exercise providers SuperCue Seniors
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