As we get older, some movements can become more challenging. These exercises can be done by almost anyone at any fitness level. Many of them require you to pair up with a partner. This allows you to do moves you might otherwise not be able to do and can be of particular benefit for those over 50.
1. Assisted sit-ups
Why? Mobility is the main goal for the over 50s. Many find getting up after lying down tough. This helps train the muscles.
How? Partner 1 sits on the ground with knees at 90 degrees and holds partner 2’s hands. If this is difficult, hold a rope (pictured). Partner 1 lowers their torso until their mid back touches the ground lightly, then rises back to the start. Partner 2 is there to help, but if you help too much partner 1 gets little benefit. Keep your pace steady and avoid jerky movements.
Sets and reps: 2-4 sets of 8-15.