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Stay Active with Seated Exercises and More

admin - June 27, 2011



We received a few comments following our June 9 blog post, which had asked if you were staying active and offered advice on incorporating walking steps into your day. We were happy to hear that many of you are “taking steps” to stay active. But, we also received one comment that asked for tips on exercising from a seated position for those who cannot walk or have difficulty with weight-bearing exercise. We want to help out with that request.

An article on Livestrong.com provides exercises that seniors or anybody can do from the seated position. These include:

  • Cardio exercises – Marching, leg kicks and/or toe and heel tapping from the seated position
  • Hand weights – Arm lifts, shoulder shrugs, curls and more that can work your upper body strength using 1 to 5 lb. weights
  • Stretching – Extension exercises that can help with flexibility and mobility.

Another exercise practice that you may want to research is chair yoga, a gentle form of yoga that is practiced from the seated position.

Meanwhile, since it is summer, swimming is always a safe and effective way to get your exercise if you have difficulty walking. If you don’t have or know someone with a pool, contact your local YMCA or other community center/workout facility. They may even offer fun water aerobics classes where you can meet other people that are making an effort to stay healthy, too!

Remember: Getting the right amount of exercise reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Get started on an exercise regimen today!

Photo courtesy of HAP Public Relations on Flickr.com




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2 Comments so far
  1. Affiliated Physicians - July 6, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Since most workers spend 8 hours a day sitting, seated exercises area great idea! Even if you just spent one minute every hour doing something, you are at least getting your body warmed up and moving a little bit. Chair yoga is also great since we spend all day hunched over a computer.

  2. Joelle Reizes - July 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    We agree! Getting up from your desk, walking to see your colleague in the cubicle next door instead of emailing, and taking the stairs are all things we can do to just keep moving a little more during the day.


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