Best ever piece of exercise advice
Sunday, January 27, 2013
At least, for older people wanting to improve mobility and maintain independence, it is. And it's deceptively simple - what you do is to stand up from a sitting position without using your arms to help.
It sounds simple, and it is simple - but not necessarily easy. If you do it every single time you have to get up, which is lots of times every day, you get better and better at it, and your legs get stronger. When I first started doing it, boy, did my legs hurt. Not so much now.
The reason it is the best advice ever - well, I am not that old, but I am heavy, and I discovered that I could not get up from the floor by myself (before I started doing this). I had to have help. Not only was it embarrassing, but it worried me. Visions of calling EMS and having to say, "I've fallen and I can't get up!" were dancing in my head. Not at all a pretty picture.
Now I can get up by myself - using my legs and the same muscles I use to stand up from a chair. The other thing about this is - it isn't really exercising; it's just standing up. Almost everyone is going to do it multiple times every day. You don't have to schedule it, make extra time for it, or go to the gym to do it.
Obviously, one needs other exercise - 'real' exercise, cardio, strength training, etc. But whether or not one does those things, one can always do this.