5 Stretching Exercises for Elderly Bariatric Patients

Posted by Jason Radecke on Mon, Dec 10, 2018

As an elderly bariatric patient, with all the new changes you’ve been making, it can be hard to reach the same level of flexibility you had when you were younger. Focusing on flexibility is crucial as it helps with mobility and helps prevent injuries while doing other exercises. While we all know exercising is beneficial for our health, it can be dangerous if your body isn’t properly warmed up before more strenuous activities. We’ve compiled a list of great stretching exercises for elderly bariatric patients that will help you feel more limber and relaxed.

1. Staff Pose

This is an easy yoga pose that will help you stretch your lower back and legs while you build strength in your core. Start by sitting on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Sit up tall and straight and breath deeply. Without using your arms for support, hold this pose for 1 to 2 minutes, or as long as you can.

2. Forward Fold to Halfway Lift

This movement helps stretch your legs and lower back while building strength in your back and abs. Start by standing up straight with your feet about hip-distance apart. Bend down and reach towards your toes. It’s okay if you can’t reach them, just go as far as you can. Slowly walk your hands to your thighs until you have a flat back in a 90 degree angle. Repeat this exercise 5 to 10 times while breathing deeply.

3. Walnut Crushers

This exercise stretches out your pecs while building strength in your shoulders. Start by sitting up straight in a chair. Hold up your arms beside you at a 90 degree angle, so they look like a field goal. Imagine a walnut is between your shoulder blades. Squeeze your shoulders together by moving your elbows behind you to “crack the walnut.” Do this exercise for 1 to 2 minutes.

4. Butterfly Pose

This yoga pose will stretch your hips. Start by laying flat on your back. Draw your feet towards each other so the bottoms press together. Let your knees fall apart and draw your feet as close to your butt as you can. Relax your muscles and hold for one minute.

5. Bridge Pose

This yoga pose helps relieve pain in your neck, back and hips. It also builds strength in your butt and thighs. Start by laying down flat on the ground with your arms laying on the ground beside you. Walk your feet up until your heels brush the tips of your fingers. Then lift your butt off the ground as high as you can while keeping your shoulders flat on the floor. Hold this position for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Staying active after surgery is vital in order to have effective and long-term results. Always remember to stretch before exercising, to avoid injury and promote overall physical strength. With these exercises, you’ll be on your way to having a more limber and youthful-feeling body. To find out more about if weight loss surgery is right for you, contact Riverside Surgical and Weight Loss Center today. We’re here to help you get started on your weight loss journey!

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