The Power of Chair-Based Exercise (Life After COVID-19)


In the recent blog Life beyond COVID-19: Rebuilding Emotional and Physical Resilience, we explored the impact of COVID-19, and presented ideas to help people living at home.
Here we are, a few months on, and we are seeing the vaccine being administered to those in high-risk categories, those considered to be the most vulnerable.
Today we consider the positive impact of exercise that communities, care agencies and care homes can consider for people with long-term health conditions, in Leicestershire.



Most of us know that recovering from an illness or long periods without exercise can lead to:
  • Reduced strength, coordination, and muscle mass.
  • Reducing your fitness overall.
  • Some of us have turned to eating for comfort and pleasure and without exercise we may have put on a few pounds.



I know that exercise is the answer, where do I start?
Finding the motivation to exercise may be tough. It can be more difficult for people with reduced mobility.
Most exercises can be adapted to suit individual needs, particularly chair-based exercises.
Many people have spoken about the loneliness that they have felt during COVID-19, feeling down and maybe even anxious.
Joining in an exercise group can help to improve self-esteem and confidence.



Personalised Goal-Setting
Before starting exercise, it is worth considering the following:
  • What types of practical support do you need?
  • Sitting with a friend, family member or trained professional, can help you to identify your goals.
  • What are you struggling with?
  • What would you like to achieve?
Setting simple, easily achievable goals can be a good start and can help to boost your confidence.



Participating in Chair-Based Exercise can help you to:


  • Improve your fitness
  • Increase your strength
  • Increase muscle mass
  • Improve co-ordination and balance
  • Feel energised to partake in everyday activities,
  • Such as: – gardening, preparing meals, personal care tasks


All you need to join is:


– A standard dining chair without arms
– Resistance band (provided when you join)
– 2-metres space around your chair
– Internet connection (for the virtual group)
– Glass of water
– Positive attitude!




Home Independence Occupational Therapy Ltd has created a wonderfully exciting and inclusive chair-based exercise group called,

‘ Keep Fit, Stay Strong’.


We offer the following, at no additional cost:


Personalised goal setting

Health screening checks completed

Modifications may be possible for your health

Led by an experienced Occupational Therapist

Offering virtual, home-based individual exercise sessions and exercise groups to local community groups
and residential homes, with infection control measures in place.
If you’re interested in joining a virtual group, one-to-one sessions at your home, or representing a local Leicestershire community, care agency
or care home and have ideas for collaboration, we would love to hear from you.
If you’d like further information about the exercise sessions, please telephone on 07341265564
or email on or complete the contact form here.
Led by Sophia Occupational Therapist, based in Leicestershire


© a Leicestershire-based company.