Skip to content

Fitness & Exercise

Font Size

Exercising While Sitting Down - Topic Overview

You may already know that being more active is one of the best things you can do to improve your health and quality of life. But you may wonder how you can be active if you can't stand up to exercise. No matter how old you are, how fit you are, or what health problems you have, there is a form of exercise that will work for you.

This topic covers three light exercise programs to help get you started. It also has tips that may help you to make exercise a habit.

Before you start an exercise program on your own, it's always a good idea to talk to your doctor. This is especially important when you are older than 65 or have health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart disease.

Getting started

When you are ready to start, try these light exercise programs. Each one covers the three types of fitness so you can stretch your muscles, build up your strength, and get your heart beating faster—while you are sitting.

You need to be in a firm chair when you do these exercises. Remember to breathe as you do them, and rest a moment between each exercise.

If you haven't been active in a while, start with 5 to 10 minutes of exercise. As you feel stronger, increase how long you exercise. Change your programs around so you stay interested. You can do one program on one day, a different program the next day, and another on the third day. The goal is to be active each day.

The key to exercise is to do what works best for you. You can do the exercises all at one time, or you can do some in the morning and some at night. You can exercise during commercials while you watch TV. It's up to you.

    1|2
    Next Article:

    Exercising While Sitting Down Topics

    Healthy Living Tools

    Ditch Those Inches

    Set goals, tally calorie intake, track workouts and more, all via WebMD’s free Food & Fitness Planner.

    Get Started

    Today on WebMD

    pilates instructor
    15 moves that get results.
    woman stretching before exercise
    How and when to do it.
     
    couple working out
    Moves you can do at home.
    woman exercising
    Strengthen your core with these moves.
     
    man exercising
    Article
    7 most effective exercises
    Interactive
     
    Man looking at watch before workout
    Slideshow
    Overweight man sitting on park bench
    Video
     

    Pollen counts, treatment tips, and more.

    It's nothing to sneeze at.

    Loading ...

    Sending your email...

    This feature is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.

    Thanks!

    Now check your email account on your mobile phone to download your new app.

    pilates instructor
    Slideshow
    jogger running among flowering plants
    Video
     
    woman walking
    Article
    Taylor Lautner
    Article