As we age some of our routine movements become more difficult. Try this exercise sitting in a chair. It will help strengthen your core muscles. We don't want to go without our pants, right!
PUT ON YOUR PANTS: Loop the band around each foot and grasp the end closest to you with both hands. Leaning back in the chair bring knees up to the chest by “walking” your hands down the band. Perform 10 reps.
As many times as we get into bed we seldom realize that it might be difficult for some people to tuck themselves under the covers. This exercise helps build upper body strength. GIVE IT A TRY!
PULL UP THE COVERS: Loop the band around each foot, leaving about two feet of band length in between the feet. Grasp the side of the band closest to you in the center and pull it up toward your stomach while breathing in. Slowly return to the starting position while breathing out. Perform 2-3 sets of 10-15 reps.
This is the second in the series on chair exercises. "Reach in the Cupboard" is a shoulder and tricep strengthening exercise.
REACH IN THE CUPBOARD: Grasp the band with your right hand and raise your arm up so one side of the band is behind your shoulder. Grasp the side behind you with the left hand just below the shoulder blade. Keeping your arm straight and the elbow directly in front of you, extend the arm. Return slowly to starting position. Perform 2-3 sets of 10-15 reps. Repeat with the other arm.
FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT EXERCISES TO STRENGTHEN THE UPPER AND LOWER BODY WHILE SITTING IN A CHAIR
Better Life Flex-n-Stretch is starting a series on strengthening exercises that can be done while sitting in a chair. These exercises can be used with those who have limited mobility. You will recognize the functional movement that each exercise improves by its name.
The first exercise in this series is