Moves to Keep You Active (Gait Flexibility)

In continuation of our “Keeping You Active” series, here are 3 physical therapy (PT) exercises you can do at home to help your body remain active and mobile by improving posture, balance, flexibility, and strength. These anti-aging moves below are quick and simple and require no equipment.

All exercises: To do a “set,” repeat each move three times, breathing slowly and deeply … relax momentarily between each repetition. Aim for two or three sets daily.

Trunk Twist. With hands-on-hips, gently rotate the trunk from side to side, trying to keep hips in the same position.

Repeat 3 times.

Do 3 sets per day.

 

 

 

 

Big Step. Holding on to a sturdy object, swing one leg out as far as possible, taking a big step. Repeat with the other leg.

Repeat all 3 times.

Do 3 sets per day.

 

 

 

 

Trunk Weight Shift. Walk with exaggerated shift of weight from side to side. Try to move just hips, not trunk.

Repeat 3 times a day.

Do 3 sets per day.

 

 

 

 

*If you have not been active, you can start slowly and work up to your goal. How much exercise you need depends on your age and health. Check with your health care provider to see if these movements are right for you.

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