Saturday, April 20, 2013
This is a chair exercise workout designed for seniors or anyone who has physical challenges.
It is Pilates based program designed to strengthen the abdominals, and the lower back and pelvic floor muscles, which support your spine and internal organs.It also helps to increase flexibility, mobility and balance.
This workout is approximately 30 minutes long. It includes a warm up which teaches proper breathing techniques, and ends with gentle stretching. Even though this is a chair based workout, there is segment that includes standing exercises. That part of it is about 6-7 minutes long, but even if you are not able to do the standing portion, it's still a great workout.
The instructor, Anne Pringle Burnell has an encouraging manner, and reminds the viewer if that they can't do everything in the program the first time they try it, that it's ok. She does the workout with 4 other people, and one of the women does modified variations of some of the more difficult moves for those not able to do what Anne is doing.
The workout is safe and easy to follow, but just challenging enough to feel like you've had a good workout.