Chest Exercises For Seniors And The Elderly

Chest Stretch

Chest exercises for seniors and the elderly are a great time to combine active movements of the chest wall, trunk and shoulders with your deep  breathing.

This will improve the mobility and flexibility in the upper chest and shoulders while helping the ventilation in your lungs. Stretching the chest will help maintain good rib mobility improving breathing and reducing the work of inspiration and expiration.

Make sure when you breathe, inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth. Your belly button should rise when air is inhaled and lower when air is exhaled.

Purpose of this exercise

Stretches the chest and shoulders. Improves posture and lung functioning.

Step 1

Sit comfortably in your chair.


Step 2

Raise arms and place hands behind your head. Breathe in while bringing your neck and shoulders back. Hold briefly, then exhale, relax  and repeat three more times.



Inhale as you bring your arms back, stretching the chest and filling your lungs. Exhale as you bring your arms down.


Keep your ribs lifted as your breathe in and bring the neck and shoulders back. Breathe deeply, all the way down to your abdomen. Tuck your chin in and bring your neck straight back.

Take it up a notch

While in the hands-behind-the-head position, lean to the right and breathe out. Then on the next stretch, lean to the left while breathing out.

How to do Chest Stretch

How to do Chest Stretch

More Upper Body Flexibility Exercises

1. Shoulder And Upper Back Stretch

2. Shoulder Rolls

3. Neck Side Stretch

4.Neck Rotation

5. Shoulder Circles

6. Shoulder Stretch

7. Chest Stretch

8. Overhead Reach

9. Reach Back

10. Triceps Stretch

11. Hand Stretch

12. Arm Raises

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