Living with a long-term health condition can be mentally and physically challenging. Many people living with LTH conditions struggle to keep up a consistent fitness routine. The idea of traditional workouts in gym settings can seem overwhelming. Thankfully, there is a solution for those with long term health conditions struggling to fit exercise into their lives: AMALAwellness – Keep Moving Teesside! Chair Yoga and Exercise classes.
Our ‘Keep Moving Teesside!’ Chair yoga and exercise classes are becoming increasingly popular among older adults, especially those with limited mobility, who are looking for a low-impact, accessible and affordable workout.
Our Fully Funded Pop Up Cafe is a place where after class, people can come together for a good chat and free tea, coffee and refreshments. We offer a supportive ear, discuss ways people can improve their practice outside of class and signpost to services within Teesside that can help support older adults, carers and more.
These sessions run Monthly across our ‘Keep Moving Teesside! Chair Yoga and Exercise classes.
Apart from the physical benefits, these classes offer several social benefits that help participants improve their overall sense of well-being. In this post, we will explore the physical, mental and social benefits of our chair yoga and exercise classes.
The Benefits of ‘Keep Moving Teesside’ Chair Yoga and Exercise classes for those with long term health conditions.
Keep Moving Teesside! Chair Yoga and Exercise classes are an excellent form of exercise for anyone seeking a gentle, low-impact workout that puts less stress on the joints. It is especially beneficial for those experiencing long-term health conditions, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Dementia or individuals recovering from an injury or surgery.
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Here are just some of the benefits our ‘Keep Moving Teesside! Chair Yoga and Exercise classes can offer:
1. Improved Flexibility
Through gentle stretches, Chair Yoga and Exercise helps increase range of motion and flexibility in the joints. This can be beneficial for those struggling with mobility issues, as regular practice can help alleviate stiffness and improve overall movement.
2. Enhanced Strength
Although Chair Yoga and Exercise is low-impact, it still offers an effective way to build strength in the muscles, which can help combat the loss of muscle mass often experienced by those with long-term health conditions and older adults.
3. Reduced Stress
Practicing Chair Yoga and Exercise can positively calm the nervous system and mind which can be important for those experiencing stress or anxiety brought on by their condition. Regular practice can help improve overall well-being have a positive effect on mental and social health.
4. Improved Circulation
Chair Yoga and Exercise movements, especially in the gentle low impact aerobics section- can improve the flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body. This can be particularly helpful for those with conditions that affect circulation, as it can help reduce the severity of symptoms.
5. Enhanced Balance and Co-ordination
Chair Yoga and Exercise movements can safely help improve balance and coordination. This is particularly important for those with conditions that cause difficulties with balance, such as those living with Parkinson’s, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoporosis or Arthritis.
Exercises can be practised in a chair, with chair support or free-standing, so there is the opportunity to progress with balance exercises.
Social Benefits of our classes and
Cafe AMALA sessions
6. Social Connection
Our Chair yoga and exercise classes and Cafe AMALA sessions provide a space for people to connect with others who have similar interests and challenges. Cafe AMALA sessions are great for making friendships and building social networks, especially for those who live alone or are new to the area. The social connection that participants develop provides an opportunity to share experiences and discuss life challenges.
Participating in chair yoga and exercise classes and Cafe AMALA sessions provides an opportunity for individuals to try new things in a supportive environment. This experience can help boost self-esteem and confidence. People can take new skills and experiences out of class and improve confidence in day-to-day life.
Our classes are a community hub in the hearts of neighbourhoods across the Tees Valley.
In summary, Keep Moving Teesside! Chair Yoga and Exercise is an excellent workout option for anyone living with a long-term health condition. Regular practice can improve flexibility, strength, circulation, aerobic fitness and balance. It can also reduce stress and anxiety, improving overall well-being. If you are looking for a gentle, low-impact exercise routine, give Chair Yoga a try. With consistent practice, you may see significant improvements in your physical and mental health.
To see our full range of classes across Teesside, see our timetable. We offer weekly classes across Tees Valley.
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