Exercise needed: Growing old gratefully... but a little grace wouldn't hurt either
November 5, 2012 10:03 AM Subscribe
I'd like recommendations for books, sites, or online or downloadable videos for gentle yoga or similar exercises for increasing flexibility, that I can do at home, starting at rank-beginner level.
posted by taz to health & fitness (6 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
Age is catching up with me, and I notice with alarm that I'm way more stiff and physically inflexible than I used to be (also fatter, now that work means a lot of butt in chair time, and I'm not able to take long walks every day -- but I don't expect this to fix that).
However, I've been lucky and I don't have back, knee, neck, etc, problems even though people 20 years younger are complaining of such things. I'm so grateful that I don't have any chronic pain like that... and I'd rather not borrow any by attempting overambitious or ill-advised positions or repetitions!
I just want to spend maybe a half-hour every day (should be more, and I may opt for more, but I want to be realistic about what I will actually follow through with) with a gentle routine focused on flexibility that I can do in a small space, without equipment other than a mat and maybe small barbells or other small item(s). I'm pretty much starting at zero, and would like to begin with really basic stuff and grow to more/better, without wrecking any part of my body, which has been very, very kind to me, despite myself. I'm not interested in going to a class or gym.
(I also wouldn't mind any similar suggestions for at-or-near-the-desk exercises for during the day.)