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6 best exercises you can do with a chair

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One does not need to go to a gym to maintain his or her fitness. Here are 5 basic best exercises one can do at home with the use of a chair.

chair exercise

A person who is fit is capable of living life to its fullest extent.

Physical and mental fitness play very important roles in your lives and people who are both, physically and mentally fit are less prone to medical conditions as well.

One does not need to go to a gym to maintain his or her fitness. Sitting all day is bad for your health.

But despite all the research that suggests you buy a standing desk or get moving every hour, the reality is that these kinds of recommendations aren’t terribly realistic for most of us.

Luckily, even if you’re stuck in your seat for extended periods, you can still do exercises to stretch and move your body with the simple use of a chair and maintain your fitness.

Here are 6 basic best exercises one can do at home with the use of a chair.

1. Oblique Twist

oblique twist

Uses: Works slanting and core

How to do it: Sitting in a chair, take your right elbow and bending your torso so that your elbow touches your left knee, while bending forward so you feel your abs contract.

Go back to an upright position and then repeat, taking the left elbow and bringing it down to the right knee. Work up to 3 sets of 10 repetitions.

2. Incline Push-Ups

Incline push-ups

Place both palms on the seat of the chair and walk your feet back to a plank position.

Keeping your body in a straight line between the top of your head and your heels, bend your elbows and lower your body toward the seat.

Pause, then push up through your palms to return to starting position. What it works: Your core, chest, back, and arms.

3. Triceps Knee Tucks

triceps knee tucks

Stand with the chair facing forward on your left side.

Then, bend at the waist as you place your right palm on the seat and your left palm on the back of the chair, elbow pointing straight up.

Point your left toe and extend it up and out to the side until your foot is higher than your head. Then bring your knee into the body and place it gently on the chair, keeping your left triceps engaged for support the entire time.

Press into your palms as you extend the leg back out to starting position.That’s one rep. Complete 10 to 15 reps before switching sides. What it works: Outer thigh, triceps, core, and glutes.

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4. Seated Press-Ups

seated press-up

Uses: Works the triceps, relieves spinal compression

How to do it: Sitting in a chair with your feet firmly planted on the ground, place your hands on the arm-rests of the chair and press down, raising your body off the chair.

Stretch your arms straight and allow your hips and buttocks to lift up off the seat. Keep your head lined up over your pelvis.

Allow your spine to “dangle” and unravel straight down, creating space between each vertebrae. Hold this point or push up and down to work the backs of the arms more. Repeat four times if holding; work up to 3 sets of 10 repetitions if lifting and lowering.

5. Chair Slide

chair slide

Uses: Works the backs of your thighs

Step by step instructions to do it: If you have a seat with wheels, sit and stretch both legs forward, heels on the ground and toes up.

Allowing the rest of your body still, press your heels into the ground as you twist your knees and attempt to bring the seat toward your feet. Stretch your legs again and repeat.

In case you’re in a customary seat, put your heels on a towel on a smooth floor (or wear socks), and draw the towel toward your seat.

Rectify your legs and slide the towel out again to go back to the starting point.

Do up to 10 repetitions.

6. Leg Extensions

leg extensions

Uses: Works hips and thighs

Step by step instructions to do it: Stand on the edge of your seat with your arms by your sides.

Stretch your right leg out straight and flex your leg so that the right heel is on the ground (keeping your leg flexible connects with the muscles in the shins and lower leg).

Lift your leg up as high as you can without adjusting your back. Hold for 3 tallies then lower. Repeat with the other leg. Work up to 3 sets of 10 repetitions on the leg.

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