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« Thread started on: Feb 16th, 2004, 07:58am »

Just thought that if those that weren't mobile could share if they know of chair exercises that one could do.

A friend borrowed me her body flex stuff and it's all chair exercise except one. I'm not in a chair but thought it would work for those that are.

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« Reply #1 on: Feb 16th, 2004, 2:59pm »

My sister takes rehab each week for a lung condition and these folks by the nature of their illness cannot do a great deal of physical movement. All their exercise are done in the sitting down position, on a chair.

Here are some of the exercises they do ...

Marching on the spot (while sitting) - gets the blood flowing in the legs
Rowing Motion - as if in a rowboat, arms only and bending from the waist
Kayaking - side to side motion as if with a paddle
Breast Stroke - swimming motion with arms
Crawl - swimming again with appropriate arm motions
Back Stroke - again the arms in a backward over the head motion
Climb Ladder - hands over the head reaching
Stir the Pot - a large pot! circular motion of arms and shoulders - first one direction then reverse
Play the Drums - rapid hand motion
The Trombone - as if playing a trombone, one arm goes in and out then switch arms
Piano - exercise the fingers as if playing the piano
Arm Curls - use light weights for some resistance
Arm Stretches - up - over and back
leg Stretches - seated - stretch and flex
Neck stretches

All of these can be done in rep patterns suited to the individual and their ability to exercise

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« Reply #2 on: Feb 16th, 2004, 4:51pm »

Thanks, strider for the great number of exercise you gave.

My point wink is if we really want to under almost any condition we can do some forum of exercise and you have backed it up, thanks bunches.

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« Reply #4 on: Feb 22nd, 2004, 1:10pm »

TAI CHI is great for doing while sitting or standing. Most libraries carry tapes of this and it good exercise but also relaxing at the same time.
The tapes we used at the pain clinic were Tai Chi for arthritis. I thought ya right old lady exercises but it really is kind of interesting and takes a lot of concentration.
Here is one for stiff painful hands. I eaves dropped on a class for arthritis one day.
Put your hands flat on the table and raise one finger at a time. Don't stretch it so it hurts just up and then back down. Do this with every finger and both hands a few times. If you rub some warmed oil into your hands in a self massage first it is easier to get your fingers moving.

Sit in a chair and raise your legs out straight just high enough to keep your feet off the floor. Then rotate your ankles 5 times in one direction and 5 in the other.

Stider had mentioned stir the pot using your arms and hands. Do the same big or small circle using your legs and feet just raise your foot about 6" off the floor and pretend you are stirring a pot.

Sit with one foot extended and stretch both arms down your leg as far as you can. Then do the same on the other leg.
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