SilverSneakers strength chair class

Ann Hamm

Chair Exercise is exercises or workouts done while seated in a chair or sometimes standing next to the chair for stability. This type of exercise is considered to be less effort than standing and other forms of exercise while having a lesser load on the lower body joints. Chair exercises are suitable for older adults due to the solid base of support preventing falls and less strain on the joints. They are also suitable for beginning exercisers who need to start with easier exercises to gain functional strength for the tasks of daily living.

Exercise is the number one way to prevent illnesses, to improve and maintain cognitive abilities and to stay active and independent. The Surgeon General recommends that we get 30 minutes a day and yet the percentage of people who actually accomplish it is less than 20%.

Many people can benefit from a chair exercise routine including: seniors, people with diabetes, people with physical disabilities, people with injuries that prevent other types of exercise and people who are overweight.

Benefits include: improved strength and muscle tone, improved range of motion, better cardiovascular fitness and circulation, better cognitive function, potential to reduce pain, better mood, better sleep and improved bone density.

There are over 3,000 registered SilverSneakers in SaddleBrooke. Call 520-349-4335 or email [email protected] to see if you qualify to have all of your classes covered by this great program. Classes are held at the MountainView Ballroom Tuesdays and Fridays.