Learn how to ‘Sit and Be Fit’
For activities director Anica Tholstrup, few things are more important than working to maintain and improve residents’ physical health.
One of the best tools at her disposal is the Sit and Be Fit class, which includes a number of simple, low-stress exercises that serve to improve residents’ strength and flexibility. These skills allow them to remain independent and free to enjoy daily life.
"Our Sit and Be Fit classes are one of our most popular activities,” Anica said. “I stress to our residents how important it is to exercise on a regular basis. Exercise has been proven to prevent disease, lower the risk of falls, improve mental health and well-being, and improve cognitive function. It also helps strengthen social ties. Our residents love coming out, not only to exercise, but to visit with their friends and catch up on the gossip."
Exercises such as the wide leg squat, the standing leg curl and knee extension help maintain flexibility and range of motion in the legs. Bicep curls, overhead press and seated rows help maintain arm strength.
We’ve included a few examples of exercises you can do on your own (see below), but you’re always welcome to ask Anica about how you can benefit from her Sit and Be Fit classes!