Irene Estry shares her top exercise tips
21 November 2014
We recently introduced Irene Estry, 73-year-old health and fitness instructor to the stars, whose mantra in life is that it doesn’t matter how old you are - there’s no excuse not to try and be fit and healthy.
In this video, she shows a few easy exercises, which are easy to do, even as you get older.
Balance and co-ordination:
One of the main things you need to try and retain and regain is balance and co-ordination, which means working your core. Irene suggests sitting on a gym ball and gently lifting each of your legs one at a time.
Keep a strong spine:
One of the best things you can do for yourself as you get older is ensure you keep a strong spine. Irene suggests gentle twisting of the spine with two simple exercises, one for beginners and one for more advanced.
- Sit on a chair and cross your right leg over your left, bring your left arm down so it rests on the right hand side of your leg and then gently rotate your head to look over your right shoulder.
- Sit on the floor (on a yoga mat if you have one or a towel will do) and tuck your left leg in, wrapping your right leg over the top. Then, similarly to the exercise on the chair, bring your left arm down and rotate your head to look over your right shoulder.
Aerobic & balance:
Simple pieces of household equipment can be great aids for exercise. To increase your balance, Irene suggests holding a broom vertically out in front of you and then lifting each of your legs out to the side one by one.
Irene’s biggest tip is to keep moving. You don’t have to run like Mo Farrah but for as long as you are able, walk as much as you can. Take a daily stroll to the local shops and back or find a nearby park you can walk around - with plenty of benches should you need a breather.