functional movement exercise


No matter what you age the research shows it is not too late to begin exercise and stretching. There are many ways to exercise but we recommend chair exercises with these stretch bands. Just use the exercises shown on this website and soon you will feel the benefits of simple strength training.


There are two things about back pain,"You either got it or you are gonna get it!"  This chair exercise will give you some relief from that lower back pain. Try it!

PUT ON YOUR SOCKS:  Position the band across your belt-line.  Place one loop of the band over each knee.  Lean over and touch your ankles and return to upright position.  Perform 2-3 sets of 10-15 reps.


As we get older and are less active, parts of our body seem to rearrange themselves. Here is an exercise that helps the under arm (tricep) and think about that remodel you have always wanted to do in your home as you stretch the tape measure.

PULL OUT THE TAPE MEASURE: Grasp the band in the left hand and then with the right hand, leaving about 12-18 inches between the hands. Then fully extend the right hand and slowly return to starting position. Per-form 2-3 sets of 10-15 reps. Repeat with the left hand.


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.


How about singing with your exercise! If you tap your toe to the beat of "Yankee Doodle" you will have 10 reps for each time you sing it. Have some fun exercising!

TAP YOUR TOE: Loop the band around the ball of the right foot and grasp the end closest to you with both hands. While pulling the band toward you point the toe away from the body. Perform 2-3 sets of 10-15 reps. Repeat with the left foot.

"Deconditioning" in Seniors

When older people move out of their homes into care centers they become sedentary.

When someone is sedentary too long they undergo something the medical profession calls “deconditioning”.  This is when the muscles become weak, health of the cardiopulmonary system declines, balance is effected not only by weaker muscles but reflexes become slower leaving a person at risk for falls.  At this point the quality of life can deteriorate quickly.  Exercise becomes very important and should become a part of their lifestyle.