Before doing any form of exercise it is a good idea to “warm up” your muscles and joints particularly if you are over 30.
If these exercise cause you pain or giddiness STOP!
A brisk walk for 5-10 minutes is always a good starter followed by the following gentle stretch exercises:-
Touch your right shoulder with the finger tips of your right hand.
“Draw” a big circle slowly with you elbow tip.
Rotate forwards 10 times. Rotate backwards 10 times.
Gently raise your shoulders together towards your ears.
Now move both shoulders in a cylindrical fashion,…… forward, down, back and return to the top.
3) Neck Stretches
This is a powerful exercise and must be done slowly, gently and with caution!
a) Turn your head gently to the right, as far as it will go comfortably, hold for 5 seconds.
d) Sidebend your head to the left, as far as it will go comfortably, hold for 5 seconds.
Repeat above 5 times.
If you feel any discomfort or giddiness STOP!
4) Wrist Exercises
Hold the Wii control and slowly rotate it in a circular motion like a wand. 10 times clockwise, 10 times anticlockwise
And don’t forget to take frequent breaks during your play as Nintendo recommend!
The Wii can be a great source of exercise and IS GREAT FUN! So enjoy your play safely!
- Competitive parents risk injury trying to outdo their kids
- Injury avoidance excercises demonstrated by a Stockport osteopath