As the years have advanced, I find my flexibility and muscle strength have declined and I would like to try to increase both. Any ideas for gentle exercises that will have the desired effect please, bearing in mind that I have some arthritis and joint pain.
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swimming is always good as its very gentle on the joints!
Although I know swimming is good exercise, I haven't been for many years and not sure I'm ready to let the 'world and his wife' view me in a swimsuit...lol
i used to feel the same but i've learnt that people really dont care what you look like in the pool, most pools you can keep a towel wrapped around you till you get in and if you go for a lane swim (most pools have a slow lane) everyone is there to do the same thing and will often give you support and encouragement. Thats just my experience anyway
I would recommend Pilates, with a properly qualified instructor.
There is also the strength and flexibility NHS podcast, with a group on this site too, healthunlocked.com/strength...
Also if you can find a gentle yoga class in your area, as yoga can help a lot in a very gentle way.
I will have a look at that.
Stationary cycling is a good low impact on your joints, execercise. Lifting weights are good for building and strengthening muscle...
I think pilates is good but quite strenuous. I find tai chi helps. It's very gentle and you can do as much or little as you feel happy with - though of course the more the better. There are plenty of DVDs for both. Cycling is good as it's non weight bearing (so is swimming). Again know your limits.
I would definitely recommend the Tai Chi. Despite my age, general unfitness, plus arthritis in hip, knee and ankle I found Tai Chi within my ability. I chose the Shibashi version and you'll find plenty of information, videos and DVDs online.
Am going to look on You tube for information .
I just went with what I found at a good price. You pays your money and takes your choice. It was ok but you cant try before you buy.