Activities to Help Increase the Range of Motion for Elderly People

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Increasing your range of motion means exercising specific muscle groups. Increase your movement with the help of a certified personal trainer in this free video.

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Hi, my name is Tanya and I'm an instructor at Gold's Gym. I want to show you a few exercises that the elderly can do or anybody can do that will help range of motion. So the first thing I'm going to do is kind of show you a neck thing. So, if you're here you can sit in a chair, you can do it standing. All I want you to do is sit tall, shoulders back, bring your chin to your chest, let it touch your chest and then come all the way back up. You want to do that like ten times, touch the chin and it really relaxes all the muscles in the neck. Gives them a great stretch and just do that like two sets of ten. Another one is still sitting tall, kind of the same idea but look to one side, come back to the center and look the other way and I'm feeling the stress in my neck right now. So this is a really fantastic stretch for the neck. It gets all the tension out and we'll do that like ten times. One more that's just fantastic. I've actually got two more for you. Let your head fall to one shoulder and point the opposite arm down on an angle. You can even use like one finger to add gentle pressure. That is a fantastic stretch for the side of the neck and then do the other side. Just add gentle pressure if you want to. So those are great for the neck and I've got one more because when I think of hands, elderly people's hands they get the arthritis in the hands, a great exercise you can do is just take your hand and just touch your fingers to your thumb and then reverse it. That really helps with all the muscles in the hands and it just exercises the hands, keeps them healthy if you've got those tight hands, arthritis, having trouble picking things up. Then do the other hand. This is fantastic for your range in motion, keeping all your joints healthy, getting all the tension out of your neck. So those are just a few exercises you can do to help with your range of motion.

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