Chair Aerobics

Chair aerobics, like any aerobic workout, is designed to elevate your heart rate and keep it elevated for a set period of time. It helps build endurance and strengthen the heart. 

So how do these aerobic workouts differ from a typical aerobic routine?

Well they have similarities and differences. The primary difference is that the participant remains seated throughout the workout when doing seated aerobics.

The main similarity is that they both give you a cardiovascular workout.

These types of workouts are those that get the heart pumping and the oxygen flowing.

Just like with any muscle in your body, you want to strengthen them through exercise. Since the heart is a muscle, then aerobics is the way to strengthen it.

Aerobic exercises can range from a high intense interval workout to a walking. The more intense the workout the more you are working your heart.

However, as you age you might find it harder to use the treadmill, elliptical machine or even go for a jog. While you might be limited due to some aches and pains or physical limitations, there are ways for you to get moving.

You may have traded in the treadmill for some gardening tools or a golf set. Both of these activities will help build endurance and get your heart pumping.

While houswork, yardwork and fun activities can help build endurane, you want to also pick activities that will keep your heart rate elevated for a period of 5 - 20 minutes (or longer).

One method that many seniors use to do this is chair aerobics. These types of exercises will engage your arms, legs and other areas all while getting your heart pumping.

Below is a five minute aerobic workout for seniors and those with physical limitations. This is all done while sitting.

Be sure to keep reading the rest of the article that continues on below the video if want to learn more about chair exercises.

Grab your chair, put on comfortable clothing and follow along with this video for your aerobic workout.

Note: The video is 7 minutes long but only 5 minutes has actual content. I'm not sure why it is this way, but you can stop playing it when the 5 minutes are up.

Not all mobile devices will display the video correctly. If you are not seeing the full video (or it's not displaying at all), click here to view the chair aerobics on youtube.

Chair Exercises

Chair exercises are basically any exercise you perform while seated in a chair. They can also be exercises that are done using the chair as support for stability and balance.

Many strength training workouts can be done sitting in a chair and effective in building lean muscle mass.

From bicep curls to leg raises and all kinds of strengthening exercises in between, you will feel your muscles engaged even though you are sitting.

This site has several senior strength training videos for you to watch and follow along that will keep your upper body, lower body, back and abdominals stronger.

Strength training however, does not always keep your heart elevated for the duration you want. To do this, you want to do chair aerobics.

Grab your chair, put on comfortable clothing and follow along with this video for your aerobic workout.

Chair Aerobics

Chair aerobics are rhythmical in nature. It's this steady rhythm that keeps the heart elevated and gives you the cardiovascular workout that benefits the heart muscle.

You want to work up to sustaining this rhythm for about 20 - 30 minutes. However, if you are just starting out, don't go for the full session.

Instead, break it down into shorter sessions and do them 2 - 3 times a day. You can do a 5 minute session two or three times a day.

Then after a week or so, increase this to 7 - 10 minutes. You can even add an additional session if you want.

Your goal is to work up to doing one session for at least 20 minutes. This is where you will get the most benefit in building strength for your heart and burning calories.

Here is another great seated aerobics workout on youtube. This one is eight minutes long, so if you have worked up to it, give it a try.

Seated Aerobics Workout on YouTube

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