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Chair Based Exercise

Chair based exercise classes are designed to help improve strength and balance, from the comfort of a chair.

An Overview of Chair Based Exercise

Chair based exercise classes focus on aiding the muscles used in everyday activity and is performed at a pace that suits participants. Chair-based exercise can be done at home or in small groups and is easy to fit in to your daily routine.

Research has shown that many of the exercises can help to strengthen muscles and bone. Stronger muscles make every day activities such as washing, dressing, shopping or doing house work easier and less of a strain. You are less likely to injure your self doing everyday activities, stronger muscles help to improve balance and walking. There are exercises included that will help to improve your circulation which in turn will help to lessen cramp and help to keep you warmer.


  • maintains/promotes independence and mobility
  • increases strength
  • increases flexibility and balance
  • increase ability to perform everyday tasks
  • decreased risk of falls


Chair based exercises can be done for free in the comfort of your own home.


Resources and programmes to follow can be found on both the NHS ans BHF websites.


Ensure that the chair you use is sturdy and stable. Wear comfortable clothes and supportive footwear.

Find Chair Based Exercise Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Total Fitness Workout

Classes to suit all ages and fitness levels in Killamarsh, Bolsover and Beighton.
The over 50s/beginners low impact classes, chair exercise class, abs, stretch and toning classes, mixed level cardio, toning and stretch class, Zumba classes to suit all ag

Age UK Derby and Derbyshire

Providing a whole range of services for the older community in Derby and Derbyshire, including daytime activity groups, support services, such as health and wellbeing, and information and advice.

PfP Leisure

Not-for-profit organisation provided leisure facilities to clients across the country including local authorities. Manage over 120 leisure centres in England.

Chair based exercise and Otago exercises

Chair based exercise and Otago exercises

Fun, friendly classes of chair based exercises to help keep you live stronger for longer. Exercises include those to help improve balance and coordination, resistance band work to increase strength and flexibility and the opportunity to make friends with a group of friendly, like-minded people.

Tai Chi Fit

Tai Chi Fit

An hour of gentle movement to music suitable for all ages and fitness levels

Steady Steps - Falls Prevention Class (Blaby)

Steady Steps - Falls Prevention Class (Blaby)

A rejuvenating strength and balance light exercise class for those who may be at risk of falls