Courtesy Denise Austin
En español | If the pandemic has 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 problems as varied as dementia, depression and cancer. Now, as older Americans in particular face what may be many additional months of staying home more 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 exercises to do throughout the day if you’re now, like so many, working from home. We also tapped Bryant Johnson — longtime trainer of the late 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 workouts from Lorraine Laddish.
Along with videos, we’ve included great advice for things like flattening a belly, overcoming a resistance to resistance training, or finding that magic number of steps that makes a huge difference in your health (hint: It’s probably not 10,000 a day). 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.