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Strength Exercises for Seniors: Build Muscle, Increase Metabolism

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Chair Stands: strengthen stomach and thigh muscles
  • Place pillows against back of chair.
  • Sit in middle or toward front of chair, knees bent, feet flat on floor.
  • Lean back on pillows in half-reclining position, keeping your back and shoulders straight.
  • Raise upper body forward until sitting upright, using hands as little as possible, or not at all if possible. Your back should no longer lean against the pillows.
  • Slowly stand up, using hands as little as possible.
  • Slowly sit back down. Keep back and shoulders straight throughout exercise.
  • Repeat 8 to 15 times. Rest. Then repeat 8 to 15 times more.

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