Features October 2007 Issue

Take a Seat to Boost Joint Strength

Mobility restricted? Chair exercise can help you build muscle, reduce stress on joints, and improve function.

When the pain and stiffness of arthritis keep you lethargic and off your feet, your muscles weaken and your energy and strength decline. The more inactive you become, the harder it becomes to walk, climb stairs, and generally function. If limited mobility prevents you from getting the exercise you need, hereís good news: Chair exercise can provide you with many of the same benefits as standing exercise. Thereís good reason that chair exercise has caught on as a way of re-gaining fitness. The moves are easy to do, you donít have to join a gym or buy expensive, heavy equipment, and you can fit the exercises into your daily routine. And, research has documented the benefits.

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