Optional Rocking Exercises

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A Letter to Health Care Professionals.

Table Of Contents:

Introduction Set #1 Warm-up For The Upper Body. Set #2 Tall Stretch. Set #3 Shoulder Rolling. Set #4 Chest Stretching. Set #5 Knee To The Leg Lifting. Set #6 Knee Bending. Set #7 Finger Exercises With Beanbag. Set #8 Hands & Wrists: Strengh and Flexibility. Set #9 Exercises For Lower Body In Rocker. Set #10 Dumbells or Sand Weights. Cardiorespiratory System and Exercise.
 

Introduction:

No one want's to be "put on a shelf." All of us, as we look ahead, wants to remain active, healthy, respected, and independent members of this society.

The exercise rocker encourages elders to take this direction by creative purposeful fitness program. We should guard against asking too little of them, it is essential to keep sufficient physical and mental challenges every day. Many older people decline because existing potential is no longer called into play, the disuse and lack of continued physical stimulation causes a decline in physical ability. Sitting in rocking chairs requires little effort, and too little effort causes much of the decline in physical ability as we age. The "shape up" strength replaces inactivity, basic exercises with muscle resistance works. Adequate muscular strength with good muscle endurance are achieved for getting through the day without exhaustion.
 


"Over the Hill," - "On Their Last Leg," - "Past Their Prime,"


 


The feeling "I can't do what I used to" prevails because the physical work that was part of younger years has been replaced by a lifestyle of lazy leisure living. "Use It or Lose It" applies to everyone in muscular deterioration resulting from disuse. Being out of shape has nothing to do with getting older but is a result of not exercising We will include a great variety of exercises and activities aimed at using the major muscle groups and all joints. (Hands and arms, shoulders, upper back, and chest; abdominal, lower back, hip flexors, and buttocks; thighs, calves, and feet with range of motion exercises for Fingers, wrists, shoulder joints, hip joints, knees, and ankles.)

Muscle Strengthening and flexibility exercises: The occupants weight combined with fabric adjustments gives the exercise apparatus its fantastic qualities.

Lower body muscular exercise is achieved by motion of the rockers resistance when sitting and lifting of their weight upward with physically moving back and forth. Having rear hand grips on lower back legs, the occupant controls forward movement (a weight balanced chair) allowing lower body exercise.

Upper body muscular exercise are achieved by movements using the extended front hand grips, rear hand grips on lower back legs, and the high back support.

Both lower and upper body extra muscular exercises can be accomplished by using the exercise guide:

Exercises:

These exercise suggestions are intended only as a basic guide. Keep the basic progression of exercises and level of intensity according to the occupants ability. Stay flexible, adjustments and changes are easy to make. Let your ultimate goal be, occupant having a good time, and leave feeling energized, by being alive! There are many more ideas to add to these. Develop your own list of chair exercises to keep potentially boring routines challenging, fun, and stimulating. Change is an important spice in keeping exercise interesting and enjoyable.
 


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Set #1 Warm-up for the upper body:

#1 Crawl Stroke: (Sitting forward in chair) Bend forward at waist and swim a vigorous crawl, in a loose seating position. Reach far forward, stretching and limbering up shoulders. Turn to the left and continue, then to the right, and forward again.

#2 Scissor Arm Swing: (Sitting forward in chair) Next is energetic scissor arm swinging, facing forward. Continue while turning upper body to the right, then to the left, and finish facing forward again.

#3 Bend Elbow Arm Swing: (Sitting forward in chair) With elbows bent, swing arms briskly from side to side across chest, keeping body loose.

#4 Floor Punching: (Sitting forward in chair) Bend forward, Knees bent, and lightly punch fist to floor while other elbow pulls up. While punching, move hips from side to side.

#5 Double arm fling: (Sitting forward in chair) Swing both arms over right, then left shoulder, while shifting weight from one side to the other. Progression: (Sitting forward in chair) Clasp hands and continue double arm fling for stronger waist twist.

#6 Finish with the crawl stroke: (Sitting forward in chair) Then relax arms and upper body toward floor. Keep forward and let arms swing from side to side.

Swimmers Workout:

#1 Crawl Stroke: Sit with legs apart. (Sitting forward in chair) Bend forward at waist and swim a crawl stroke, making each arm long and stretching back muscles.

#2 Rowing: Sit tall, (Sitting forward in chair) arm extended forward at shoulder level. Bend forward, reach long. Pull elbows back while sitting upright again as if rowing a boat.

#3 Breast Stroke: (Sitting forward in chair) Next, swim the breast stroke. Reach forward with both arms, fingers pointing straight ahead, upper body following arms. Now open arms wide to stretch chest while sitting upright again.

#4 Back Stroke: (Sitting forward in chair) Sitting tall, circle one arm at a time from front to back. Stay clear of chair by bring arm out a little.

#5 Frog Kick: Sit deep inside against upper back, arms warped around to hand grips on rear legs. Raise feet a bit. Bend knees out. Then extend legs out just above the floor, and bring straight legs back together, simulating the frog kick.

#6 Elbow Touch: (Sitting forward in chair) Sit up straight, hands on shoulders. Push elbows back to stretch chest; then bring elbows together in front of chest, rounding and stretching shoulder girdle.

#7 Elbow to Opposite Knee: (Sitting forward in chair) With legs apart and hands on shoulders, bend forward and twist, touching right elbow to left knee. Sit up straight again, pushing elbows back; then touch left elbow to right knee.

#8 Elbows to Thighs: (Sitting forward in chair) Legs together, hands on shoulders, push elbows back, then bend forward to touch outside of thighs.

#9 Elbow Circling: (Sitting forward in chair) With hands on shoulders, describe front to back circles with elbows, starting small and enlarging circle size. Change direction.

#10 Wing Lifter: Hands on shoulders; (Sitting forward in chair) raise elbows out and up, feeling rib cage lift and waistline stretch. Lower elbows.

#11 Double Arm Raising : (Sitting forward in chair) Begin with arms relaxed at sides. Raise arms out and up, hands meeting overhead, and inhale deeply while stretching tall. Lower arms slowly and exhale.

#12 Arm Raising: Sit up tall, (Sitting forward in chair) spine supported by chair back, hands on thighs. Raise right arm straight and high. Push back several times, then lower arm. Repeat with left arm. Then raise both arms and push back strongly, back arching a little, and look up.

#13 Double Arm Push Away: (Sitting forward in chair) Sit tall, chin up, arms down with palms facing back. Push straight arms back with pulsing motions, keeping them away from the side of chair. Push back 8 times, relax, and repeat.

#14 Hands Push and Pull: Sit tall: With elbows just below shoulder level, press open palms together hard for a few seconds. Relax. Then clasp fingers and pull out hard for a few seconds. Repeat several times to strengthen arm and pectoral muscles. this is an isometric exercise, and breathing correctly is important. Inhale when relaxed; exhale while pushing or pulling.

#15 Tall Stretch: Lift arms overhead. Hold hands, palms faceing ceiling. Straighten arms until upper arms touch ears. Push palms up, feeling a strong stretch in waist and rib cage, and inhale. Lower arms and exhale. Repeat several times.

#16 Chest Stretch: Open arms into V, and press upper back against chair back. Look up and bounce arms back several times. Lower arms to relax. Repeat. Next, cross arms in front of chest. Open and cross arms at shoulder level.

#17 Crossover Toe Touch: (Sitting forward in chair) With legs well apart, bend forward at waist, touching right hand to left foot while left arm lifts high. Then touch left hand to right foot.
 


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Set #2 Tall Stretch:

Shoulders and upper back:

#1 Start with hands at shoulders, palms up. Push right arm, then left, toward ceiling. Look up, stretching waistline and lifting rib cage.

#2 Angle Stretch: Now reach across face at an angle toward ceiling, arm stretching long each time. shift weight rhythmically from side to side.

#3 Crossover Stretch: Reach across at chest level now, arm parallel to floor, to limber waist and lower back.

#4 Double Arm Crossover Stretch: Both arms reach across chest at shoulder level to the right, then to the left. Look at hands as arms stretch long. Continue rocking.

#5 Trunk Twist: Clasp hands, and extend arms from side to side and follow this twist with upper body.

#6 Now Reverse this sequence of movements, ending with tall stretching.
 


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Set #3 Shoulder Rolling:

#1 Arms down on side of chair. Shoulders push forward, then pull back, hands drawing a figure 8 next to the hips. This exercise limbers up shoulders, chest, and shoulder girdle.

#2 Shoulder Rotation: Extend arms out at shoulder level. Draw a large figure 8 , rotating arms for limbering shoulders and toneing upper arms.

#3 Shoulder circling: Keep arms down and relax. Pull shoulders up, push them back to bring shoulder blades close, lower them to relax.
 


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Set #4 Chest stretching:

#1 Single Arm Lift and Bend: Start with arms down, hands on side of chair, lift right arm forward and up, close to ear. Push arm back strongly; then bend elbow and touch palm to upper back. Sit erect! Stretch arm up again, then lower it to starting position, and repeat with other arm.

#2 Double Arm Lift: Raise both arms, straight and high, fingers pointed at ceiling. push back several times, close to face. Lower arms and relax.

#3 Double Arm Lift and Bend: Raise arms and push back. Bend elbows and touch palms to upper back, keeping spine erect. Straighten arms up again: then lower them to starting position.

#4 Lateral Single Arm Stretch: With legs apart and elbows bent at the shoulder level, open right arm wide to stretch inner arm and chest muscles, left fingertips at chest. Look at right hand. Bend elbow and repeat with left arm.

#5 Arms Cross and Open: Cross long, straight arms in front at shoulder level, stretching upper back. Then open wide to stretch chest.

#6 Shake arms out: shrug shoulders comfortably.
 


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Set #5 Knee to leg lifting:

#1 Knee to Chest: Sit erect, bring one knee up, pulling it close to chest with both hands. Return foot to floor, bring other knee up.

#2 Knee to Opposite Elbow: Put hands on shoulders. Bring right knee up and touch left elbow to right knee. Return foot to floor, and touch right elbow to left knee.

#3 Crossover Leg Kick: Extend arms out at shoulder level, Kick straight right leg across body, touching foot to left hand. Return foot to floor; then kick with left leg.

#4 Crossover Windup Kick: Keep same arm position. Kick right leg across with a low, easy motion. Return foot to floor, then kick same leg high to touch foot to left hand. Change legs.

#5 Trunk Circling: Fold arms, circle upper body to the right several times, there to the left. Move slowly.
 


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Set #6 Knee Bending:

#1 (Sitting forward in chair) Half Knee Bend: Hold arms overhead. Bend knees to a 90 Deg. angle. arms stretch forward at shoulder level for balance, and heels down. Return to upright position, arms overhead.

#2 (Sitting forward in chair) Half Knee Bend With Toe Touch: Arms overhead, stretch tall. Bend knees, this time rounding spine and touching hands on floor. Straighten up and stretch tall again.

#3 (Sitting forward in chair) Sustained Knee Bend: Stay in squat position, hands close to floor, and bounce 10 times to place more sustained demand on thigh muscles. Stretch tall and repeat.

#4 (Sitting forward in chair) Knees Bend and Straighten: In half knee bend, fingertips on floor, raise hips and try to straighten legs. Bend and straighten several times while fingertips stay on floor.

#5 (Sitting forward in chair) Campers Squat: Legs apart, turn toes out slightly. Bend knees, and place lower arms on thighs, hands and wrists relaxed. Bounce 10 times in this position, straighten legs to relax, and repeat once more.
 


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Set #7 Finger Exercises with Beanbag:

#1 Kneading: Hold beanbag in both hands for vigorous kneading to use all finger joints.

#2 Palm Rubbing: Place beanbag between open palms. Rub briskly for a good hand massage.

#3 Single hand Squeeze: Taking beanbag into one hand and squeeze it hard several times. Then change hands.

#4 Toss and Catch: Toss beanbag straight up with both hands. Then catch and "absorb" the beanbag with a light knee-bend. Now toss it a little higher, and clap hands once before catching. Toss it higher still, and clap hands twice before catching.

#5 Right and Left Toss: Toss and catch beanbag with right hand several times, then with the left hand. Try for more height.

#6 Toe Touch: (Sitting forward in chair) Toss beanbag high, quickly bend knees to touch hands to floor, and straighten up to catch beanbag.
 


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Set #8 Hand & Wrists: Strength and Flexibility:

#1 Squeeze and Stretch: Make tight fists, then stretch fingers as far apart as possible. Start with slow, deliberate movements; then increase speed for nimble fingers. Think of patterns for coordination (e.g., 4 fast/2 slow), counting aloud. These are helpful exercises for arthritic fingers.

#2 Finger Stretch: With fingers apart, place all fingertips together. Keeping fingers straight and elbows out, gently press fingertips together with little bounces.

#3 Piano Player: Pretend you are playing a piano, moving all fingers vigorously form side to side.

#4 Back Scratcher: With an imaginary back in front of you, pretend you are vigorously scratching a back, involving finger joints as much as possible.

#5 Wrist Circling: Lower arms to sides. Moving wrists only, describe circles with hands. Move from inside out a number of times; then change direction.

#6 Hand Warmer: Rub palms together vigorously to create warmth. Then shake hands out briskly, wrists very loose. For those with poor circulation, this is a quick way to warm cold hands.
 


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Set #9 Exercises for lower body in rocker:

#1 Basic toe Lift: Sitting comfortably, with feet together under you, toes pointing straight ahead, raise and lower both heels rhythmically proceed to push up that only your toes are touching the floor. Drop down in a rocking action so your foot is now flat on the floor, proceed for 10 times, by pushing as high as it is comfortable to strengthen feet, ankles, and calves. Place step or box under feet and add one to four inches for greater restraint.

#2 High Leg Lift: Sitting erect, chin up, raise left foot to hip level. Then with the right leg proceed to push up that only your toes are touching the floor. Drop down in a rocking action so your foot is now flat on the floor, proceed for 10 times, now do the same to opposite leg, to strengthen feet, ankles, and calves. Place step or box under feet and add one to four inches for greater restraint. High Leg Extension: Sitting erect, chin up, hands on grips, bring right knee toward chest, extend leg as high as possible, and lower straight leg to floor. Repeat several times before changing legs. Place step or box under feet and add one to four inches for greater restraint. Straight Leg Lift: Sitting erect, chin up, hands on grips, Straighten right leg out just above floor, Raise and lower straight leg 8 times, keeping quadricep muscles contracted. Lift high each time, and don't quite touch floor on lowering. Change legs. Toes to Hands: Stretch arms out at shoulder level. Kick one leg up while bringing arms forward, and touch foot to hands. Open arms wide as foot returns to floor. Kick other leg next, and alternate 10 times.

#3 Leg Circling: Sitting erect, chin up. Raise right foot to hip level, draw circles with right leg, from the outside in. Starting small and increasing circle size. Focus on lifting and pushing the leg out each time for strong contractions of buttock muscles. Finish by drawing right knee toward chest with right hand to stretch buttock muscles. Change legs.

#4 Pigeon Toed Toe Raise: Sitting erect, chin up, with toes turned in, heals apart, raise and lower heels. In this foot position, most demand is placed on outside of feet, ankles, and lower legs.

#5 Turned-Out Toe Raise: Sitting erect, chin up, keep heels together, toes turned out. Continue raising and lowering heels to use muscles on inside of lower legs.

#6 Bicycle:. Sitting erect, hands on rear hand grips with chin up, Perform a biking motion, start low and slowly raising legs a little higher. Work at full extension of each leg, and point toes.

#7 Double Knee Lift: Sitting erect towards back, chin up, hands on grips. Contract abdominal to maintain rounded back. Bring both knees close to chest; then lower feet to touch floor lightly. (Note: Proper fabric adjustment needed for center balanced control.) Knee Lift Progression: In same position bring knees to chest. Now extend legs up at an angle, toes in line with eyes. Bend knees into chest again; then lower feet to floor. Abdominal must stay contracted throughout to protect lower back. Those who find this exercise too difficult can extend one leg at a time, alternating legs. Knee Lift Against Resistance: Sitting erect, chin up, palms on thigh. Raise one knee while pushing down against thigh, providing resistance. Alternate legs. This feels as if feet are stuck in mud. Shake legs out.

#8 Up/Down Scissor Kick: Sitting erect towards back, chin up, hands on grips, extend both legs forward, heels on floor. Keep legs straight while one moves up, the other down, in rhythmical scissoring. Do not hold breath. This is a demanding movement, and those with weak abdominals should sit back and watch.

#9 Criss-Crossing Scissor Kick: Sitting erect, chin up, hands on grips, extend both straight legs forward at hip level. Open and cross legs at this level; focus on contracting abdominals to prevent back arching. This exercise becomes easier if legs are lowered a little. Relax tired muscles by sitting back with legs apart. Raise arms into a wide V to inhale deeply. Drop upper body and arms toward floor, relax, and exhale. Repeat several times.

#10 Polka Chair:

1) Sit and briskly tap toes to floor while slapping thighs.

2) Continue toe taping with hand clapping.

3) Alternate slapping with hand clapping while toe tapping.

4) Lift right knee twice, left knee twice, and continue to change.

5) Slide feet apart and back together with quick heel/toe sliding movements along floor.

6) Touch heel, then toes to floor. Alternate, working with one foot at a time. While flexing and pointing, move foot out to side and back in.

7) Raise straight right leg. Bend knee out and place ankle on left thigh. Extend leg forward again. Bend the knee and return foot to floor. Alternate legs, keeping a brisk pace to this count of 4.

8) Sit close to edge of chair and lean back. One leg straightens forward, other knee bent. Tap heel of forward foot to floor twice while toes of other foot tap. Change leg position and heel tapping. Then change, both legs straightening and bending simultaneously now.

9) Finish with marching in place, clapping hands.
 


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Set #10 Dumbells or Sand Weights:

Working with weights is tiring. Deep breathing is necessary to bring needed oxygen to working muscles. Alternate lifting with relaxed arm swinging to avoid overexertion.

#1 Upper body strength Arm lifting series: Sit erect, legs together, buttocks and abdominal contracted to stabilize lower back. Hold one weight in each hand for eight repetitions of each movement: A) Raise straight right arm forward and up; lower slowly. Raise and lower left arm. Stop each lift at ear level. B) Raise and lower both straight arms. LIFT, don't swing. C) Begin with arms down. Raise both arms out and overhead, stretching high, and inhale. To stretch waist and ribcage, improve posture awareness. D) Combine B) and C). Raise both arms forward and up; lower them. Raise arms out and overhead; lower them.

#2 Chest Stretch: With elbows bent at shoulder level and hands at chest, open arms wide, contracting buttocks to prevent low back arching. Bend elbows and return hands to chest. Focus on deep, rhythmical breathing: inhale as arms open, and exhale as elbows bend.

#3 Arms Cross and Open: Extend straight arms forward at shoulder level. Open arms wide; then cross in front. Focus on contracting buttocks to stabilize lower back.

#4 Single Arm push: With elbows bent and hands at shoulders, push right arm toward ceiling. Return hand to shoulder as left arm pushes high, and alternate rhythmically. Look up and stretch tall. Progression; Repeat, raising and lowering both arms.

"The toe touch" Forward-bending is a normal movement and helps in retaining back flexibility with knees comfortably bent. Keep head up while bending and come up slowly if prone to dizziness. "Deep nee bends" All deep knee bend variations stretch the supportive ligaments around the knee and compress cartilage and are great for strengthening quadriceps muscles. Most older folks have problems with their knees, these exercises should not cause discomfort and pressure in knee joints. "Straight leg raises" Exercises that are rhythmical in which muscles alternately contact and relax, or shorten and lengthen and allow comfortable, rhythmical breathing are recommended.

Exercise Equipment:

"Wooden dowels" 3/4 in. & 5/8 in. thick by 42 in. long for a comfortable range of motion. "Beanbags" For tossing, catching, improving coordination, and having fun. 5" x 7" with 1/2 lb. of beans. One beanbag per person stored in plastic wastebasket. Bicycle inner tubes. & dumbbells & sand weights Useful for upper body strengthening and range of-motion exercises, two pound weights are most useful and a few sets of 1 lb. for those with shoulder problems.
 


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The Cardiorespiratory System and Exercise

The heart, lungs, and vessels of the circulatory system form the pump and plumbing of the body. This system transports nourishment and oxygen to the tissues to the body where metabolic processes produce energy. The cariorespiratory system also transports waste products away from the sites of energy production. Healthy function of this system is essential for a healthy life. When we work or exercise, the working muscles increase their demand for oxygen, and the cariorespiratory system responds. some of these exercise effects are familiar to all of us: Demanding exercise makes us breathe harder, and the heart starts to beat faster. As the heart begins to pump more forcefully, the amount of blood pumped with each beat (stroke volume ) increases. Increased cardiac output allows the circulatory system to deliver freshly oxygenated blood to the muscles more rapidly so that exercise or work efforts can be sustained. At the working muscles, exercise causes changes in metabolic function. Oxygen is exchanged for carbon dioxide at the small vessels of the circulatory system, the capillaries. During exercise, the muscle cells can increase the amount of oxygen extracted for energy production almost threefold. The lungs contribute to help meet the muscle's need for the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. It is important that there be fast and efficient exchange if exercise demands are to be met. The total amount of air moved (ventilation) increases because of faster and deeper breaths. The capillaries in the lungs open for greater flow of blood, providing a greater surface area of exchange with the small air sacs in the lungs, the alveoli.
 


Exercise and the Aging Cardiorespiratory System


 


Although exercise cannot totally reverse these changes associated with age, it can certainly reduce the rate and degree of decline for most people. With exercise, the older person can expect to see a number of training effects similar to those observed in younger individuals. Resting heart rate will be lowered. Stroke volume increases, as does cardiac output. The muscles demonstrate an increased ability to extract oxygen, and the volume of blood in the cardiovascular system increases. Resting blood pressure will generally be lower, and the entire system becomes more efficient in the distribution of blood. Increased breathing capacity and cardiorespiratory efficiency also occur as a result of exercise training. an older individual cannot expect to maintain or achieve the same level of fitness as a trained young person, primarily because of the age-related decline in maximum heart rate. However, the older fit individual will have a considerably greater exercise capacity than a sedentary person at the same age. The positive cardiorespiratory changes that occur in the older person who participates in a regular exercise program can markedly enhance the ability to cope with the demands of daily living. Exercise provides a reserve capacity that enables the older person to participate in and enjoy life fully.
 


Balance and Coordination


 


Exercise physiologists agree with what our grandparents already knew: "movement is basic to life and wellness." I see older people giving up a lot of things they used to do because they no longer have the same body confidence and are afraid of getting hurt. There needs to be stronger emphasis on maintenance of strength in aging. "It is not necessary to do weight lifting, but basic calisthenics exercise are important. Group exercise programs, in my opinion, are a wonderful solution. "High tech" equipment is not appropriate nor does it appeal to an older population. But fitness classes for seniors can be planned to incorporate the types of activities which are important to keep up with. Safety, well-being, and overall good health should be the focus of such programs. Beyond the important factors of safety and injury-prevention, being fit will allow them to enjoy doing other active things. Instead of becoming observers, people can continue to participate in life and won't get tired doing something extra. They will have more fun, enjoy their retirement years more fully, and experience a very different quality of life."

There are however, certain normal and common changes in health status as we age. "The body slowly starts to wear out from many years of use. The longer you live, the more likely you are to experience some of these degenerative changes. Don't expect to get older without aches, pains, and certain limitations. But don't let it stop you from continuing to enjoy an active, high-quality life. Its not activity that gets people into trouble, but giving in and giving up does!" I cannot think of any condition which would not benefit from appropriate movement. "With middle-aged patients, I practice preventive medicine. I make sure they don't have blood disorders or chronic diseases. Most of them are healthy at this point, and I spend a lot of time encouraging them to exercise, watch their diets, and take care of their bodies. I hand responsibility to them. Their health will be as good as their daily habits. People in their 70s are not likely to reverse chronic conditions which have developed since mid-life. Mid-life is the time to take action and responsibility, rather than depending on medical treatments for problems in the older years." For people in their 60s and 70s, it's very helpful if the physician urges them into a more active lifestyle and makes clear how much they have to gain from staying active and fit, both physically and psychologically. I believe that a great part of older people's happiness comes from exercising and feeling well as a result. This belief makes me urge and encourage my older patients into regular, sensible exercise, and I make a point of discussing it during office visits." They want to retreat into a cocoon-read, watch TV , go to bed, and tune out. If people would give themselves a chance and discover the outlet and great energy you get from regular exercise, their motivation to continue would be stronger. But it's tough to tell a non-exerciser how good exercise can feel. It has to be a positive personal experience, and an organized class with good leadership can provide an important start for many who are not self-motivated.
 


Rhythmic Exercise - Walking - Swimming - Biking.


 


Arthritis is one of the oldest diseases known. Simply put, arthritis means that problems have developed in one or more joints in the body. Joints are complex structures consisting of six parts, all of which can be attacked by arthritis. The resulting discomforts can put a real damper on a person's desire to exercise in spite of knowing that movement is essential therapy for arthritis.
 


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Letter to Health Care Professionals:

Dear Health Care Professional:

My name is Robert J. St. Germain Sr. As the inventor of a remarkable rocker concept and not a member of the medical community, I am seeking help with this concept. Watching my mother being put into a hard geri-chair, and given no exercise has given birth to the idea of an exercise rocker. This can solve many problems when dealing with the elderly.

Any recommendations to improve the design as well as input regarding physical exercises to help the elderly will be greatly appreciated. You will be credited with any recommendations or improvements you contribute.

We are offering exercise rockers for evaluation. All I ask is that within a reasonable time you document your results both positive and negative. Our common goal is to help the aged, with a program that provides quality exercise. With comfort as the key to improve general health and increase the will to live.

Upon mutual agreement, a rocker can be fitted to your client's dimensions and left in your care.

In the case of individuals having limited strength or control in their lower limbs, any use of motion has been found beneficial. When resistance is added to the movement of a rocking chair, it stands to reason that the occupant will benefit even further.

Rocking when in a solid wood chair the occupant movements are confined to the runners on the bottom of the chair, (very little resistance in movement). In a glide rocker, roller bearings support the occupant for front to back motion. Both of these chairs require limited muscular effort.

In the Exercise Rocker the occupant's weight is moved upward with contoured back support. This is a center balanced rocker with fabric adjustments for personal style seating. The Exercise Rocker is designed to be physically challenging and totally comfortable.

Features:

1) Unlike solid wood rockers, the body is supported with fabric, for even support, and a perfect fit including the lower back.

2) In a center balanced rocker, the shifting of weight through fabric adjustments controls fore and aft movement allowing light or heavy pressure as desired.

3) The light weight tubular frame is available with either of two different back angles. This allows either a lay back or upright seating position determined by physical needs or personal preference.

4) Adding a footstep (1" to 4" high) while exercising increases resistance for feet, ankles, and calves. This creates more intense muscular exercise.

5) A lumbar pillow can be added for extra support and comfort.

6) Extended hand grips allow easy exit and entry. This combined with slip resistant base stabilizer bars allows exiting pressure to be placed on either right, left, or both sides. At the same time the chair back gently pushes forward to assist with standing up.

7) The slip resistant base stabilizer bars allow you, by sitting to the front of the seat to perform exercises as if in a solid chair.

8) The high back allows confortable head rest with or without a pillow.

9) The chair allows total body movement, for both lower, and upper body exercises.

10) A full cushion is available for extra comfort. Not recommended during exercise.
 


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