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Granny's Top 10 Chair Workouts!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The sprained ankle is coming along as well as expected, which is not as quickly as I'd like, of course. I can view this as an opportunity, a lesson from whichever source I'm listening to, that I need to focus on patience and acceptance first, before I get all caught up in making changes. I mean, I *can* view it as an opportunity, and I should. Instead, I chose to view it as a challenge for a while, hence probably slowing down my recovery time a bit.
Once I renewed my decision to stick to the mat or chair for the brunt of my workouts, I got to thinking that there are likely others in the same or similar boat, and looking for alternative workouts while healing from an injury, or due to physical limitations for any reason. For that reason, I'm sharing my top 10 chair workout youtube playlist:

Starting, of course, with Spark People's Coach Nicole seated workouts, the rest vary in time and intensity, so you can choose the one that works for you. Another thing I sometimes do is select two or three of the shorter videos and create a playlist with just those videos, then select "play all" on youtube for a more or less uninterrupted workout stream. FYI, the Jessica Smith Chair Cardio is the most intense cardio in this playlist, in my opinion:

I love the energy and humor ("quiet" so the boss doesn't hear) in this "Seated Aerobic Chair Workout"!

Some of the videos have some standing moves as well, so you have to decide whether you can do them or not. (I decided I could, but I was wrong!) Another video that I really like is FitnessBlender's "Workout at Work - Low Impact Total Body Chair Workout Routine". I didn't include it in my Chair Workouts playlist because about 1/3 of this workout is done holding the chair for balance, rather than sitting. Even when I choose not to do any of the standing work, I sometimes do this workout anyway and just rest during the standing segments, or fast forward through them.

I also sometimes select some of the easier videos and try to do them from my fitness ball, for a little more of a challenge and (sometimes) a lot more fun! I highly recommend using the utmost of care if you decide to do this, especially if your body, like mine, is shaped like a Weeble. In my case, Weebles DO fall down! In that case, I just move right into my mat exercises :D

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    WOW I just did her 47 minute work out .. that was some chair workout, you have great taste in your preferences .. With these things get done and exercise is a check off on my list.. I really enjoyed them and even more when I finished and knew I had done something great for my health and great for my success in lowering my Cholesterol. :) emoticon
    1097 days ago
  • SYL160
    Thank you!!! I just sprained my ankle last weekend and I saved your great ideas immediately!
    1199 days ago
    Thank you so much for this! I've been looking for cardio that is easy on the legs!
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    keep challenging yourself. it's good for you.
    1223 days ago
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