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Exercising in a chair is suitable for everyone. It is a safe and low-impact way to exercise your arms and legs with less stress. Whether you are an office worker, elderly, recovering from injury, have limited range of motion or no time chair exercises will help you to feel more energetic. They can improved your range of motion, increased muscle strength, stimulate circulation and tone your muscles.
There is no special equipment to buy or store away because the only piece of equipment you need is a chair, preferably one that is sturdy and has no arms. Later you can add weights to your workout and even those can be found around the house with soup cans or water bottles. You can do it while listening to your favorite music or watching your favorite television program.
Chair Exercise Tips
Start slowly and build up your activity
If you sit at a desk all day you can release tension without getting up from your chair. And if you travel a lot, you can even get a workout while driving your vehicle or flying in an aircraft. Pedal your way to fitness using a pedal exerciser and enjoy the same benefits of an aerobic workout just by keeping your arms moving above your heart.
As with any exercise program, remember to take the time to warm up before and cool down after. Some workouts include Isometrics. Isometrics are for building strength and is done by tightening muscles. Just remember to keep breathing as you would during any exercise routine.
Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff