Information About Chair Exercise

Learn some basic information about chair exercise and the benefits they can offer you!

When you think of exercise, does it make you too tired to raise yourself off of the chair or couch? Now, you don't even have to stand up to exercise! Chair dancing is an innovative new way in which anyone can get the exercise they need to help burn off calories, tone their bodies, or even strengthen their muscles! It can be especially useful for improving cardiovascular health too!

You don't need special clothing or equipment of any kind to perform these exercises either. This new type of exercise originated in California. It was created by a professional dancer and fitness expert named Jodi Stolove. She had injured her foot and needed an alternative way to exercise.

But, no matter where you live, or what you do for a living, you can enjoy all of the benefits that Chair Dancing has to offer.



Note: First, as with all exercise programs, you should consult your doctor or healthcare professional before beginning a new exercise program. Ask him or her what the recommended range is for your heart rate while you are at it.

Then, to make sure that you are going to get the benefits of the workout, check your pulse rate before you start exercising. Simply place your thumb and middle finger on your wrist and count the number of heartbeats that you feel in six seconds. Add a zero, and this is your heart rate range.

Finally, after you have gotten the green light to proceed, and you have checked your pulse rate, you can start. You should get yourself a straight-backed chair that has no arms on it to get in your way. You can either follow Stolove's specific routine which includes jumping jacks, leg strengthening exercises, dancing the cha-cha, the waltz, and more, or you can simply turn on your favorite music and sit down on the chair and create your own routine.

Start by sitting forward in the chair with your feet on the floor. Begin by tapping your toes to the beat of the music. You can then swing your legs, rotate your ankles, bend your toes, bend your knees, raise your legs up and hold them, spread your legs out and hold them for a comfortable count, raise your arms straight up or out, bend your arms at your elbows, twirl your arms around, rotate your wrists, bend down at the waist while reaching for the floor with your hands, and much, much more, all to the beat of your favorite tunes! Don't forget to gently stretch your neck and shoulder muscles too.

After you finish your work out of about twenty minutes or so, you should re-check your pulse to see if it falls within the range that was recommended by your doctor or healthcare professional. If your pulse is too high, then you had better slow it down and take it a little easier on your next session. On the other hand, if your pulse is too low, then you will need to be a little more vigorous during your next session.

For more information about Chair Dancing, you can visit the Internet and search by using the key words "chair dancing" or "aerobics".

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