A Simple Seated Isometric Exercise Workout For Seniors

By | 28 July 2017

To start with, let me let you know that I’m 70 years outdated and have been doing this fundamental train program, together with another actions for a number of years.

Because you won’t be accustomed to isometric workouts, only a fast run down.

These are workouts accomplished the place one muscle group, for instance the biceps (entrance of higher arm… curls the arm), pulls or pushes towards both one other muscle group, for instance the triceps (again of higher arm… extends the arm), or, an immoveable object.

The muscle is tensed in contraction or extension for between seven and ten seconds.

I all the time do a sluggish rely to 10, myself.

Warning, whereas the advice for many fast outcomes is to tense the muscle to 75% of its most capability, you haven’t any approach of measuring this, and, at first, you’re at larger danger of harm, so, as you begin, simply tense till you’re feeling resistance and progressively you’ll start to sense the “candy spot”. Additionally, supporting muscle groups might not be as robust as the principle muscle being exercised, and you do not need to must cease as a result of you’ve got injured some smaller muscle.

There’s a tendency throughout excessive effort to carry your breath.

That is one other little rule of thumb of mine. If I’ve to cease respiratory to do the actual isometric train, I am making an attempt too onerous and risking harm… not simply to the muscle, however to the center.

The purpose is that will help you get, and keep, in form, not make you into an expert athlete. Isometric workouts ought to by no means be your solely workouts. You must stroll or do different types of cardio actions, in any case. It is also a good suggestion to do some workouts which truly require motion, as an isometric train contraction doesn’t train a specific muscle via its whole vary.

That is why, by the best way, I do some workouts of the identical muscle in several positions.

On the finish of the exercise itself, I offers you a few hints to enhance your end result, each with the isometric train exercise itself, and with including a little bit of cardio exercise within the course of.


Get your self a sturdy chair with out arms. Kitchen desk type will do. Set it in place.

Now, stroll round the home for a minute or two to “get the blood flowing”.

You’ll want to do the workouts one proper after one other, as soon as your physique is acclimatized to the isometric exercise, however, at first, do not push it and all the time take as a lot relaxation between workouts as you want. That is supposed that will help you get more healthy… not push you into changing into an Olympic degree athlete… or having a coronary heart assault.

Slowly decrease your self to a seat on the chair… BUT…

Simply earlier than you’re truly seated and nonetheless in form of a skier’s pose, cease and maintain place for a sluggish rely of 10.

To save lots of time, and typing, any more, I will not say “sluggish rely of 10”, I’ll simply say to carry the place.

Sit on the chair as far ahead as you possibly can as later it would be best to rock backwards and forwards a bit of.


These workouts will probably be accomplished in three teams of threes to let the person muscle groups relaxation a bit between the workouts. On the similar time, this lets you get a small quantity of cardio outcomes from isometric workouts, which is tough to do.

First set:

Arms Train 1:

Maintain one arm in order that it’s at your facet and varieties a 90 diploma angle on the elbow in nearly the traditional “have a look at my muscle”. Put the palms of your palms collectively and, pull up with the primary arm whereas pushing down with the opposite and maintain. Reverse hand positions and repeat.

Chest Train 1:

Put the fist of 1 hand into the palm of the opposite in entrance of your chest. Push them towards one another, and maintain.

Again Train 1:

With palms nonetheless in entrance of you, grasp palms, pull, and maintain.

For Set 2, repeat the isometric workouts together with your palms in a low place, at or beneath your waist.

For Set three, repeat the workouts together with your palms in a excessive place.

Don’t fret about kind. You’re doing this for you, and, the way you look would not actually matter. Additionally, as you get stronger, develop into extra accustomed to the workouts, and the way they really feel, you’ll start to appreciate that you may focus the contraction the place you need it.


I used the phrase “plus” as a result of whereas the focus of the following workouts are on the core, or center space of the physique, you’ll be doing a couple of issues for different elements as nicely. We won’t be doing a number of positions of those.

Core Train 1:

Put your palms on prime of your knees and, utilizing your belly muscle groups as a lot as doable, push down, and maintain.

Core Train 2:

Put your proper hand on the skin of 1 knee and pull in the direction of the opposite facet as in case you are making an attempt to show in that route. Attempt to use your core muscle groups and simply use your arm as if it have been a “stick”. Maintain. Then repeat going the opposite approach.

Plus Workouts 1 & 2:

At this level, for a mini-break in my core workouts, I put my palms between my legs, press the backs of my palms towards the insides of my knees, press outward, and maintain.

When that is accomplished, put your palms on the skin of your knees and press inward and maintain.

Core Train three:

Place one hand on prime of your reverse knee (proper hand on left knee or left hand on proper knee). Utilizing your core (belly) muscle groups, press down, and maintain. Reverse and do with the opposite hand and knee.


Neck Train 1:

Place your palms towards the entrance of your brow. Push ahead together with your neck and resist together with your palms.

Neck Train 2:

Put your palms behind your head. Pull again together with your neck muscle groups and pull towards that together with your palms and maintain.


Begin to arise, BUT, simply as you clear the chair, cease and maintain for that sluggish rely to 10.

Rise up, put the chair away and stroll round the home for a few minutes.


Whereas at first it’s possible you’ll simply need to do the isometric workouts and let the remainder go, if you wish to get a bit of extra cardio impact, and, make the workouts more practical on the similar time, add a bit of motion to every train, simply earlier than the “maintain”.

For instance, within the arm workouts, I alternately curl and prolong my arms for about three or 4 occasions earlier than I put them within the “maintain” place. Within the chest train, I transfer my arms out and in earlier than I truly arrange for the train. I attempt to make every transfer as if I have been transferring into place and simply hold going three or 4 occasions.

I discussed sitting ahead on the chair. That is so you possibly can rock backwards and forwards earlier than the belly workouts. For the neck, I transfer my chin to my chest and lift it up, or, search for on the ceiling and straighten my head again up.


Since I can put numerous effort into every “maintain”, I solely do that exercise 4 occasions every week, two days on, someday off, two days on, and two days off. Nonetheless, you will have to mess around, particularly at first.

One factor to actually be careful for is soreness. Whereas there could also be a bit of soreness with any type of train, notably a brand new one, in case you are actually feeling ache, you are attempting too onerous. The truth is, I like to recommend that for the primary few weeks that you simply make the stress pretty gentle and progressively improve it till you’re experiencing actual resistance.

No hurry. The truth that you’re doing this little isometric train program, which in all probability solely take about 10 minutes or so, regularly will quickly start to supply outcomes. Now, it’s possible you’ll not lose numerous weight, or improve your power tremendously, however, you must discover a bit extra power, and a looseness in your garments after a couple of weeks.