Courtesy Denise Austin
En español | If stay-at-home orders derailed your efforts to get to the gym or meet up with friends for walks, it’s as critical as ever to find a way to keep moving.
Study after study proves how essential exercise is to preserving cardiovascular health and preventing health problems as varied as dementia, depression, and cancer. Now, as older Americans in particular face what may be many more months of staying home to stay safe, it’s especially important to take steps to maintain mobility and strength.
That’s where this year’s Get Moving package of beginner-friendly fitness videos and expert advice comes in. To put it together, we asked Denise Austin for fun and energizing indoor walking workouts, and tapped Bryant Johnson — who trains Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — to show us how to build a little upper or lower body strength with the water bottles you might have lying around at home. If you don’t have any, fear not: There are plenty of other toning and sculpting moves from inspiring experts Kathy Smith and Jorge Cruise, as well as yoga and Pilates workouts from Lorraine Laddish.
Along with videos, we’ve included great advice for things like flattening a belly or overcoming a resistance to resistance training. All you have to do is scan our list of workouts below to find something you might want to try. And remember, small amounts of exercise done throughout the day count just as much as one longer session. The important thing is to just get moving.