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Chair Based Exercise

Chair based exercise classes are designed to help improve strength and balance, from the comfort of a chair.

An Overview of Chair Based Exercise

Chair based exercise classes focus on aiding the muscles used in everyday activity and is performed at a pace that suits participants. Chair-based exercise can be done at home or in small groups and is easy to fit in to your daily routine.

Research has shown that many of the exercises can help to strengthen muscles and bone. Stronger muscles make every day activities such as washing, dressing, shopping or doing house work easier and less of a strain. You are less likely to injure your self doing everyday activities, stronger muscles help to improve balance and walking. There are exercises included that will help to improve your circulation which in turn will help to lessen cramp and help to keep you warmer.

Benefits

  • maintains/promotes independence and mobility
  • increases strength
  • increases flexibility and balance
  • increase ability to perform everyday tasks
  • decreased risk of falls

Costs

Chair based exercises can be done for free in the comfort of your own home.

Involvement

Resources and programmes to follow can be found on both the NHS ans BHF websites.

Equipment

Ensure that the chair you use is sturdy and stable. Wear comfortable clothes and supportive footwear.

Find Chair Based Exercise Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Ferndown Leisure Centre

A leisure centre catering for all ages and abilities

BH Live

BH Live is the south coast’s leading operator of leisure and event venues; a social enterprise that designs and builds engaging experiences to inspire people and enrich lives.

Pavilion Dance South West

Pavilion Dance South West is the National Dance Development Organisation for the South West of England, supporting regional dance strategy development and representing the South West Dance sector nationally.

Exercise After Stroke

Exercise After Stroke

Exercise class for stroke survivors. Improve your stamina, ability and confidence.

Otago

Otago

Falls Prevention class

Chair Supported Exercise / Strength and Balance, Falls Prevention, PSI

Chair Supported Exercise / Strength and Balance, Falls Prevention, PSI

Ideal for people with reduced balance and mobility who wish to improve health, strength and independence.

Wheelchair users and carers welcome

Sessions begin with a warm up followed by exercises to help improve mobility, flexibility, muscle strengthen and endurance, abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, balance and coordination; we end with a cool-down.

No exercises are performed lying on the floor and no participant is required to get onto the floor. However, participants are shown how to get down and up from the floor safely so that they know what to do should the need arise.

Chair Based Exercise, Falls Prevention, Strength and Balance PSI

Chair Based Exercise, Falls Prevention, Strength and Balance PSI

Ideal for people with reduced balance and mobility who wish to improve health, strength and independence.

Wheelchair users and carers welcome

Sessions begin with a warm up followed by exercises to help improve mobility, flexibility, muscle strengthen and endurance, abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, balance and coordination; we end with a cool-down.

No exercises are performed lying on the floor and no participant is required to get onto the floor. However, participants are shown how to get down and up from the floor safely so that they know what to do should the need arise.