3 Chair Exercises for the Elderly

Friday, March 20, 2020

Seniors who are looking to stay fit and active should consider using chair exercises! Chair exercises can help to keep seniors’ hearts healthy and work to prevent ailments such as strokes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and dementia. Below is a list of 3 of the most common and easy to perform chair exercises for aging adults. 

Seated Should Press

After choosing a pair of low-weight dumbbells (optional!), sit in a chair with the hips back as far as possible. Keep your abs tight and engaged, and begin with the elbows at the sides of the body and aligned with the shoulders. Stick out your chest, keep your palms forward, and extend the arms up above the head until they’re full extended – but not locked! Keep both of the arms parallel to each other and do not touch the hands together. Now bring down the hands back to the starting position and keep the elbows spread. Now repeat these motions.

Modified Push Ups

While standing, face the chair straight with your body. Place your hands on the sides of the chair’s seat and keep both the arms slightly bent at the elbows. Now move the feet backwards a couple of feet until your body is in a diagonal position in front of the chair. Your body should be straight with no arch in the back. Keep the elbows close to the sides of your body, and slowly bend the elbows to move your body closer towards the chair. Once the chin has almost touched the chair, move your body back to the starting position and repeat.

Seated Bicep Curls

Using a pair of low-weight dumbbells or a resistance band, sit in the chair and keep your hips as far back as possible, then engage your abs. Stick out your chest and keep both arms at the side of your body. Your palms should face forward, and the elbows should be kept tucked at the sides of the body. Move both forearms towards the shoulders in a curing motion. Keep the tension and lower both forearms back to the starting position. You can also alternate each arm instead of moving the both of them at the same time. Repeat these motions.

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