If you have physical limitations in your older age, it can be tough to implement any sort of regular exercise routine. But you don’t have to get on your feet to reap the benefits of exercise.
Believe it or not, even chair exercise offers five benefits for seniors that might surprise you.
5 Reasons to Do Chair Exercises
- Improves posture
- Increases upper body flexibility
- Stabilizes the lower body
- Helps lubricate your knee joints
- Improves range of motion
Chair exercise is so easy to get started with, too. Some of the simple routines you can start with are knee lifts and extensions, arm presses, glute and inner thigh squeezes, seated rows, and shoulder rolls. To strengthen your core, you can practice sitting up straight in a chair and pulling your belly button upward and inward, as if there were a string pulling you upward.
The best part about chair exercise is it’s something that can easily be done in the comfort of your own home, or if you’re someone who enjoys group exercise and activities, your local senior center likely offers chair exercise classes.
Maintaining a regular exercise routine doesn’t have to be physically demanding, strenuous, or expensive. If you’ve been looking for a simple, low-impact way to stay fit, why not give chair exercise a try? And always consult your doctor if you have not been active for a while.
Be sure to peruse our other articles on Council of Seniors 365 for more tips on staying active during your retirement.