Stay Fit this Fall with Home Exercises from 55+ Communities in Texas

Get a great workout done without having to leave your home!


It can be frustrating when you or your loved one enjoys being active, but the cooler weather or mobility challenges has made exercising difficult. Staying active and prioritizing exercise is important at all ages as it increases strength, maintains overall health and promotes independence. At each of our Texas senior retirement communities, we know how important it is to get moving in a way that makes the most sense for you or your loved one. Luckily there are many options for staying active in ways that are accessible, safe, and enjoyable!

Chair Yoga

Chair yoga is exactly what it sounds like: doing yoga while in a chair. This is a great option for you or your loved one who uses a wheelchair or just needs more sitting-types of exercise options. Some of the many benefits of chair yoga include reducing chronic pain, decreasing stress, loosening tight muscles, and improving circulation. Chair yoga can be done in as little as just a few minutes, a few times a week, or can be a longer exercise routine. When you’re a beginner to chair yoga and aren’t sure where to start, a simple online search will yield dozens of great results! This chair yoga workout video on YouTube is designed for beginners and is a great one to watch. As you get more comfortable with chair yoga, it’s not surprising to feel more energy, less soreness, and an uplifted mood as you go about your day!

Tai Chi

The idea of participating in Tai chi for you or a loved one may sound intimidating at first, but it can be modified to suit anyone’s needs! Tai chi is a form of martial arts that originated in China. This exercise style incorporates slow and low-impact movements, which makes it a great option for supporting physical, mental, and social health for people of all ages and levels of mobility. Some of the benefits of Tai chi include reducing fall risk, improved sleep, increased strength, and improved flexibility, among many others. Tai chi focuses heavily on meditation and the mind during the movements, which can do wonders for focus and concentration. If you’re looking for specific video demonstrations of Tai chi for beginners, here are some great options.


Pilates is a wonderful type of exercise to try out at home because it focuses on core strength. Believe it or not, nearly every movement we make originates in the core: standing upright, walking, running, gardening, or even pushing a grocery cart. It makes sense that prioritizing core strength can be very beneficial for you or your loved one. Pilates is convenient because the movements can be performed while sitting in a chair or on the floor with a mat. This website includes videos demonstrating five great beginner exercises to help you get started. The main movements involved in Pilates are slow and controlled, including bent arm planks and alternating single-leg stretches.

At each of our Texas Retirement Communities, we offer a variety of activities to allow you and your loved one to be as physically fit as possible. Still, it’s always a great idea to embark on physical activity adventures of your own! We also know that independence is key for quality of life, and staying active is a big contributor to encouraging independence for you or a loved one. Of course safety is our top priority for all our residents, so make sure any exercises performed are done so in a slow and steady pace, keeping any injuries or mobility constraints in mind.

For more information on any of our beautiful Texas retirement communities in Pharr or Austin, Texas, or to schedule a tour with us, contact our team today!

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