Pathfinder: Senior Fitness

Oct 29, 2021 | Personal Enrichment, Seniors


6-Minute Fitness at 60+: Simple Home Exercises to Reclaim Strength, Balance and Energy in 15 Days by Dr. Jonathan Su, DPT 

613.710846 SU 2020 

In this book you will learn a straightforward, science-based exercise plan that takes only six minutes twice a day to produce consistent strengthening and mobility improvements. It includes three bodyweight exercises that target the muscle groups needed to stay active and prevent falls. 

Better Balance for Life by Carol Clements 

613.70446 CLE 2018 

Included in this book are 10 weeks (about 2 and a half months) of daily activities, where each week you add four simple activities to your normal routines. All activities can be done at home without any special equipment while you do daily activities like brushing your teeth or rinsing dishes. Each week builds on the week before. 

Chair Yoga for Seniors: Stretches and Poses that You Can Do Sitting Down at Home by Lynn Lehmkuhl 

613.7046 LEH 2020 

Chair Yoga for Seniors offers 50 step by step exercises and positions that only require a straight backed, non-cushioned chair. When you are ready for intermediate routines a set of two-pound dumbbells are needed. A twenty-minute and a thirty-minute beginner and intermediate full body routines are included as well as a thirty-minute advanced full body routine. Also, included are both a beginner and intermediate routines for those with osteoarthritis of the hands, knees, and hips. 

Fitness Hacks for Over 50: 300 Easy Ways to Incorporate Exercise into Your Life by K. Aleisha Fetters, CSCS 

613.70446 FET 2020 

This book offers 75 hacks for each of four areas of fitness critical to healthy aging: balance and coordination, flexibility and mobility, muscular strength, and aerobic capacity and endurance.  Also, the hacks can be in just a little bit of time, some as short as 30 seconds, and they don’t require joining a gym or special equipment. 

Yoga After 50 for Dummies by Larry Payne, PhD 

613.7046 PAY 2020 

This book teaches how to adapt poses and breathing for your changing body so you can use yoga to calm your mind and body. 


Tai Chi Fit Over 60: Gentle Exercises for Beginners with David-Dorian Ross 

DVD 613.7148 TAI 

A simple tai chi workout that is very gentle and easy to learn. 

Stronger Seniors Chair Exercise Program: Core Fitness with Anne Pringle Burnell 

613.7 STR 

Stronger Seniors Core Fitness is designed to strengthen your abdominal muscles, lower back and pelvic floor which support your spine and internal organs. These exercises increase flexibility and balance and support your spine for better posture. The exercises used are based on Pilates. 

Stronger Seniors Workout Program: Stretch and Strength with Anne Pringle Burnell 

613.70446 STR 

This two-disk set includes chair exercises designed to help seniors increase their flexibility, stamina and strength so they can function better in daily life. The DVDs work together to improve your stability and balance. 

Stonger Seniors Workout Program: Yoga with Anne Pringle Burnell 

613.7046 YOG 

A beginning chair yoga program designed to improve strength, flexibility, respiration, and circulation and reduce tension. Yoga incorporates mind/body exercises focusing on breathing and relaxation, to help reduce stress. 

Yoga for the Rest of Us: Easy Yoga for Arthritis with Peggy Cappy 

613.7046 YOG-EAS 

Yoga teacher Peggy Cappy demonstrates movements to increase mobility for people challenged by arthritis or stiffness due to age or injury. She has a warm-up, and then a standing, seated, and reclining poses. She also offers deep relaxation exercises and a meditation section. Each pose is shown with three modifications standing, seated, or using a chair for support. 


AARP’s Get Moving program offers 20 plus videos of exercise programs for seniors, including fitness videos, walking programs and yoga programs including chair yoga. 

The Healthline Exercise Plan for Seniors offers a 6-minute strength routine with step-by-step instructions and video of each exercise. They offer a sample weekly routine for seniors. No special equipment is needed other than a straight-backed chair. 

The National Institute on Aging developed a 15-minute sample workout for older adults that is on YouTube. The workout requires a chair with arms, something to use as weights and tennis balls. 



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