Boost Your Confidence

By K. Aleisha Fetters |

Feel stronger than ever by mastering these four foundational fitness moves.

There’s no confidence boost quite like achieving a new fitness feat or doing it for the first time in a long time.

Whether you want to master a pushup, squat, plank, or tree pose, we can help you get there. SilverSneakers Master Trainer Sharlyn Green shares milestone exercises that everyone can aspire to—no matter where you are on your fitness journey.

Plus, she shares tips for better form and exercise progressions to help you safely and effectively challenge yourself. For example, if a floor pushup is too challenging, you can try a pushup using a wall or chair. Ultimately, it’s about knowing what works for you, your body, and your situation.

How Boost Your Confidence Works

Clear some open floor space. If you’d like support during any of the exercises, set up near a wall or have a sturdy chair nearby. If you have trouble with standing exercises, you may also place a small inflatable ball or pillow nearby to use when progressing to standing squats. It’s also helpful to have water, and you should feel free to sip as you need.

All you need to do is press play and follow along.

To keep tabs on your effort, use a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the hardest. You can ramp up or dial down as you need, but you generally don’t want to go higher than 7. As you move, keep breathing, and prioritize good form.

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As always, safety is key. The exercises here may be different or more advanced than those you’ll experience in a SilverSneakers class. If you have a chronic condition, an injury, or balance issues, talk to your doctor about how you can exercise safely.

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