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Get Active – Flexibility

We use our ability to balance in many everyday activities– even using the stairs requires balance! As we age, it is important to work on balance to prevent falls and fall-related injuries.

Gardening Stretches for Healthy Joints
Not a video

This series of stretching exercises from Vancouver Coastal Health targets muscles commonly affected by gardening to help prevent sore joints, muscles and injuries. Equipment needed: wall, sturdy chair.

6 Flexibility Exercises for Older Adults
Length: 18 minutes

This video from the National Institute on Aging features 6 stretching exercises involving simple items at home to improve flexibility throughout the body. Equipment needed: sturdy chair, towel, mat or soft floor, an exercise partner.

Choose to Move at Home – Mobility Video
Length: 6 minutes

Join certified fitness leader Caroline MacLennan as she guides you through 3 passive and 3 active stretching exercises to increase mobility. Equipment needed: wall, sturdy chair.

Go4Life – Flexibility Exercises
Length: Choose stretching videos ranging from 2 to 3 minutes

This series of stretching videos for older adults is from the National Institute on Aging. The series includes 5 videos with each video targeting a different area of the body to improve overall flexibility. Equipment needed: sturdy chair, towel, mat or soft floor.

Yoga for Seniors
Length: 23 to 28 minutes

Follow along to these yoga videos to improve balance and increase flexibility throughout the body. Many of the exercises can be modified and performed while seated. Equipment needed: sturdy chair, mat or soft floor.

4 Flexibility and Cool Down Exercises for Older Adults
Length: Choose from workouts 9 to 11 minutes

Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging certified senior fitness instructor, Kathy, leads participants through a variety of exercises that challenge balance and flexibility. Exercises can be modified to suit all levels of ability. Equipment needed: sturdy chair, cushion or a mat, small exercise ball.

Flexibility Exercises from Britain’s National Health Services
Not a video

This exercise routine from the National Health Service provides 4 simple stretches to promote flexibility and mobility in your neck, lower back, and calf muscles. There is also a printable PDF guide of these exercises available. Equipment needed: none.

Sitting Exercises from Britain’s National Health Services
Not a video

This series of 7 chair exercises from the National Health Service will help loosen and relax your muscles. There is also a printable PDF guide of these exercises available. Equipment needed: a chair without arms. 

Pilates Video from Britain’s National Health Services
Length: Choose from workouts ranging from 25 to 50 minutes

This series of pilates exercises video is from the National Health Service in the UK. The pilates videos are designed for individuals with different levels of mobility and activity. Some of the videos also target specific health conditions such as back pain, arthritis, and osteoporosis. Equipment needed: a mat or soft floor, sturdy chair.