As we get older, it gets increasingly difficult to keep our bodies in great shape. Going to the gym or a community center can be inconvenient, if not outright impossible. But, without exercise we’re at a greater risk of injury, with diminished health. This decline tends to occur in those who are physically inactive, which is why remaining mobile is so important.
So, what’s the solution?
We have a simple one: A resistance chair. This lightweight piece of exercise equipment allows you to complete a wide range of workouts, all while staying in a comfortable and secure sitting position. Essentially, you have a something pretty close to a home gym that you can place anywhere you’d like.
However, not every product is made the same. We’ve done thorough research, and found the top 5 resistance chairs for seniors and older adults so you don’t have to. Keep scrolling to read through our in-depth reviews of each!
Top 5 Resistance Chairs for Seniors & Older Adults
If you’re having trouble knowing where to start with an exercise program, this resistance chair could be the solution for you. This full-body fitness chair is great for cardio workouts, as well as strengthening your muscles through resistance exercises. It comes as a package, and in it you’ll receive just about everything you need for complete and varying resistance exercise routines.
When the system arrives, you’ll notice it’s fully assembled and ready to go. The chair is rather small, but the compact design works well to fit in homes with less available space. The system does not have adjustable legs, but it’s great for rehab, building strength, and for generally improving health. The product works with elastic resistance cables so you can effectively work out each part of the body: legs, back, stomach, chest, arms, and shoulders. Many competitor products only offer one or two types of cables, which isn’t effective for many users. In contrast, the AQ ActionCare chair includes resistance cables rated 4 to 9 (higher number = more resistance), which covers just about every strength level.
Of course, one of the most important aspects of exercise is posture. If you have poor form, or posture, you can end up injuring yourself rather than helping yourself. Due to the included posture prop back support, maintaining proper form will become much easier. As you strengthen your back, this will also be increasingly simple.
The final feature that sets this chair apart from the rest for us, was the inclusion of 4 exercise DVDs. You’ll receive an Intro version which will ensure you’re well-oriented with your machine. The other three will instruct you on how to maintain a healthier lifestyle by improving your heart health, balance, and flexibility, among other things.
Our second recommendation is actually an extension of the first. The Smooth Rider II is a cycle attachment that easily snaps onto the front crossbar of the AQ ActionCare Resistance Chair so you can remove it or reattach it in just seconds. This turns your resistance chair into a recumbent exercise bike, which is one of the most effective pieces of home exercise equipment for seniors and older adults. It provides a low-impact workout to regain strength and maintain a healthy range of motion in the legs and hips, which will help with mobility. If you’re dealing with arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes or other conditions that can make mobility a challenge, this could be the product for you.
Upper body exercise is no issue, thanks to the upright row bar made for resistance cable work such as lateral pulls and rows. The cables are rated at a level 5, which is adequate for most users.
The cycle unit creates resistance by means of magnetic force rather than friction, so it’s whisper-quiet while remaining sturdy. To keep track of your workout, the model also includes a digital cycle meter for speed, time, and calories burned.
Perhaps you’re looking for a high-quality resistance chair, but find yourself on a tight budget. If you’re on the hunt for an affordable product, do check out the Chair Gym Total Body Workout. At first glance, it seems very basic, but we found it just as effective as some of the pricier models.
Unlike models such as the above Resistance Chair Rehabilitation Pack, this model does require about 30 minutes of assembly before use. The upside is that once properly set up, it’s ready for your use and nothing else needs to be messed with. The resistance chair is easy to move from room-to-room, and as it doesn’t take up much space, it’s perfect for apartments or limited spaces. Despite being so lightweight, it’s surprisingly durable. In fact, it can support weights of up to 300 pounds or more!
Take advantage of full mobility exercises, and work out your entire body from the comfort of a seated position. Coming with three varying strength levels, you can perform up to 50 different exercises by means of cable resistance. It was here where we really appreciated the somewhat basic design; operation is straightforward and user-friendly.
The AB Doer 360 has been around for two decades, which we feel can attest to its efficacy and reliability. The unique design was originally made for working out the core and shedding fat, but over the years has transformed into a full-body exercise machine with cutting-edge technology.
Assembly does take a few minutes, but nowhere near the 30 minutes the Chair Gym Total Body Workout took. In addition, no tools are required to get things up and running. We’d like to address our only complaint, and should note that some other users have also had issues with this. The back of the chair doesn’t offer much support, and the design has two small rollers made with the intention of massaging the back muscles. However, you might find that rather than massaging, the rollers are bit uncomfortable, especially after extended use. The redeeming factor is that if you contact the manufacturer, they should offer alternative back supports that are much more comfy.
Aside from that, the AB Doer 360 provides excellent results. The patented Core Support Column features multi-direction technology, which focuses on every section of your abdominals. The column also aids in increasing mobility for the rest of the body with a swiveling seat and dynamic fluidity.
To get started on the right foot, they’ve also thoughtfully included a Quick Start Guide, a Nutrition Guidebook for well-balanced recipes, a Workout Calendar to hold yourself accountable, and an instructional DVD full of various routines.
Quite possibly the most effective resistance chair out there, is actually a chair / yoga ball hybrid. As we get older, strength is not only crucial, but balance as well. To build both at once, give the RGGD&RGGL Yoga Ball Chair a try.
Coming in 5 striking colors, this model not only works effectively, but is a nice visual addition to any room. Assembly is very simple, as all you need to do is inflate the ball and place it in its included stability ring. You’ll receive a quick inflation foot pump to make this process as quick as possible. The ball is standard PVC, with a rubbery feel. Surprisingly, it’s a bit rough as opposed to the smooth texture many other similar stability balls have..
However, after a few uses, you’re likely to prefer the rougher texture as it provides the right amount of grip to prevent any slipping and sliding around. The material is also notably thick, which reassured us in our concerns that it could easily pop or deflate. Did we mention the anti-burst design can support up to 2,200 pounds?
In addition to the aforementioned products, you’ll also receive two 5-pound resistance bands. To use these while sitting on the ball, simply hook them onto the stability ring. The included workout guide will provide you with various exercise ideas, however, there are dozens and dozens of routines to be performed on this model.
Aside from being able to work out your entire body, you’ll notice a great improvement in your posture and balance. If you’re finding you have lower back pain, this model can aid in relieving pressure in that area. Using a ball chair design works to strengthen the erector muscles, which support the spine, effectively protecting it and reducing pain.
Well, there you have it: The 5 top resistance chairs for seniors and older adults
Exercise is undoubtedly crucial when it comes to leading a healthy life. However, this becomes increasingly important the older we get. You don’t need to take extreme measures to get or stay in shape, and the best resistance exercise chairs prove that.
It’s not so much consistency that is difficult, but rather making the decision to make a positive change in your life. The biggest thing you can do, is just deciding to start. Through these models, it’s simple to get started. They require minimal (and sometimes no) assembly, so once it arrives on your doorstep, you’re ready to go. The included guides will get you started, and from there, holding yourself reliable will help you achieve your goals.
We hope that our guide has helped you along your way to improved health and a more balanced lifestyle. Know that whichever model you decide on, you’re going to be receiving one of the best resistance exercise chairs this market has to offer. Thanks for tuning in, and we’ll see you again soon!
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As always, best of luck with your home workouts. Remember: When it comes to our health and fitness, we can make the effort or make excuses, but we can’t make both.
THFF (The Home Fit Freak)