7 Benefits of Daily Seated Exercise

Morgan Scalena, Communications Assistant

When you think of exercise, what comes to mind? We may often think of exercising as heavy weight-lifting in a gym or going for a run, but vigorous physical activity isn’t the only way to reap the benefits of exercise.

Seated exercise is an effective way to help you stay physically active, and all you need is a chair! Low-impact chair exercises help increase movement throughout the day while keeping pressure off of your joints. Like other forms of physical activity, seated exercise offers similar benefits while reducing the risk of injury or discomfort.

Sunshine Centres’ Shanelle Rodgers demonstrates arm raises in our Gentle Chair Exercise video.

Here are seven ways seated exercise benefits your mental and physical health from the comfort of your home: 

1. It strengthens your muscles We start to lose muscle mass over time, leading to decreased mobility and potential injury. Upper and lower body chair exercises isolate the muscles in your arms and legs to increase strength. Strengthening your muscles with seated exercise helps build healthier muscles and bones, improves posture, and relieves back pain.  

2. It improves flexibility and balance Incorporating chair exercises into your routine helps stretch your muscles to achieve their full range of motion. Stretching and strengthening your muscles with seated exercise also helps with balance by improving your stability. 

3. It elevates heart rate – Studies have linked regular physical activity to cardiovascular health. Gentle chair exercises help get your blood pumping to strengthen your heart and help your body move oxygen and blood to your muscles more efficiently. 

4. It increases blood circulation Poor circulation can cause numbness and tingling in your hands and feet, digestive problems, and even fatigue. Gentle chair exercises help work your arms and legs to get your blood flowing. As a result, increasing your circulation helps relieve discomfort and swelling of the hands, legs, and feet.  

5. It boosts energy levels – Studies have consistently shown people who move regularly experience less fatigue than individuals who don’t exercise. Incorporating gentle chair exercises into your daily routine will help you get your blood flowing to increase both your body’s oxygen and energy levels.

6. It enhances thinking and memory – Research suggests just six months of moderate exercise can help improve your thinking skills and memory. Exercise increases oxygen supply and promotes the growth of new blood vessels and cells in the brain to sharpen your memory.   

7. It improves overall mental health – When we exercise, our body releases endorphins. These are the chemicals that elicit a positive feeling and improve your mood. Regular movement impacts your mental health by reducing stress and feelings of depression and promoting healthy sleep patterns. 

Remember, there are many ways to reap the benefits of exercise. Next time you turn on your favourite TV show or head outside to soak up some sun, try a couple of gentle chair exercises. It won’t take long to feel the difference in your mood and strength.

So, take a seat and get moving! To get started today, watch our Gentle Chair Exercise video for a quick routine.

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