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Chair Exercises for Your Patients

Nov 6, 2015

The road to exercise might begin with the first step, but for people with neuropathy (nerve damage), foot complications, balance issues, or lack of mobility, steps in general might be hard to take. You can still get a good workout in your chair and that’s vital, says LeeAnn Langdon, an American Council on Exercise (ACE) –certified personal trainer and senior fitness specialist. “If there is such a thing as a fountain of youth, and a fountain of health, regular, moderate exercise is it,” she says. “It’s like the best drug you don’t even have to buy.”  If you’re already an avid exerciser, these moves might not make you work up a sweat, but if you’re new to exercise or need to get back in the game, sit up straight and put on some motivational music. It’s time to do your body some good If you put all of the following moves together, you can work up to your 30 minutes of exercise per day. But if you’re not there yet or don’t have time for one longer workout, don’t fret. You can exercise in 10-minute chunks. And if you’re just starting off, start slow and listen to your body. “You should not have any pain when you’re exercising,” says Wilson. “If you go to a point of mild discomfort, then back off.” Diabetes Forecast Nov. 2015

Click here to download illustrated chair exercises handout for your patients (Adobe PDF format).