Sittercize for the Elderly
Once we get older it can be challenging to get our body to move like it used to. This could result in someone getting very little to no exercise in their golden years. There are many reasons why it is important to keep our bodies moving during this time, like being able to maintain independence, our ability to walk and less pain from muscles getting stiff.
Sittercize is a form of exercise that can be done while sitting in a chair. At Fairbrook Grove Assisted Living Home in Mesa AZ, we do sittercise every day, 7 days a week, right before lunch. A caregiver will bring everyone into the living room and lead them in an organized exercise routine that includes:
Range of Motion
Upper body Strengthening Exercises with Weights
Large Muscle Strengthening of the legs for better Balance & Walking
Flexibility exercises which is one of the first things to go with aging
Voice and breathing exercises to encourage increased oxygen, blow off CO2 and strengthen the swallowing muscles
The exercise session ends with a ball toss that helps with Fine Motor Skills and more Range of Motion as well as group cooperation and bonding.
Our residents look forward to this time every day and it gives them a real emotional uplift and helps their mood to be more positive.
Besides releasing the feel-good endorphins, Sittercize is beneficial in increasing Brain Function and helps increase mental capacity. We want to help them keep their mental capacity and memory as sharp as possible. Daily exercise is known to do this and is an important part of our residents lives.
We focus on these exercises daily because regular exercises and strengthening routines help our residents have a Happier Life and Feel their Best. It also prevents falls and injuries by strengthening their muscles and sustains their ability to walk. We want our residents to maintain their independence as long as possible and our sittercize program helps so much with that.
We hope you are moving your body and feeling well yourself!
-The Fairbrook Grove Management Team