Chair exercises
Get fit while you sit : easy workouts from your chair
Charlene Torkelson.
Alameda, CA : Hunter House Publishers ; [s.l.] : Distributed to the trade by Publishers Group West, c1999.
People with age-related movement limitations or medical conditions such as osteoporosis and arthritis can also engage in these exercises. After an aerobic warm-up, Torkelson offers a 60-minute regimen as well as shorter workouts. Tips for problem areas, deep breathing, and stretches round out this healthful program.
The abs advantage
with Chris Freytag ; Rodale, Inc. ; produced by Dragonfly Productions, Inc. ; directed by Andrea Ambandos.
Broomfield, CO : Gaiam, 2006.
  1. DVD.
  2. Instructor, Chris Freytag.
  3. Title from container, disc label, and menu.
  4. "Four 12-minute routines to flatten your belly"--Container.
  5. Includes bonus tips on smart ways to live well: Quick tips for a flatter-looking belly; Yoga moves to beat stress; Which has more calories?
  6. A tummy-tightening, belly-flattening workout to target abs and other torso muscles, using Pilates, core training, classic abs, and a ball workout.
Slim and sleek fast!
Conde Nast Publications ; produced and directed by Ernie Schultz ; fitness program designed by Ellen Barrett.
Port Washington, NY : KOCH Vision, c2005.
  1. DVD.
  2. At head of title on title frame: Self magazine's.
  3. Instructor: Ellen Barrett ; background talent: Marie Forleo, Debra Strougo.
  4. "The Body Bonus series from the fitness experts at SELF magazine."
  5. Exercise workout combining cardio and resistance training workouts. Equipment needed: 1 set of 2- to 5-pound hand weights and a floor mat.

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
Place a pillow against the back of chair
Sit in the middle of chair
Keep back and shoulders straight

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