National Senior Health and Fitness Day

nshfd_logoWednesday, May 25, 2016, is the 23rd annual National Senior Health and Fitness Day. This year at least 100,000 older adults will participate in activities at more than 1,000 locations throughout the U.S. as we celebrate a common goal for this day: help keep older Americans healthy and fit.

One way for seniors to keep fit is with chair exercises. These exercises are good for those with low mobility, balance problems, injuries, and pain management. Chair aerobics improve circulation, muscle strength, vitality, and can be beneficial for pain relief as well.

Nasco has a number of Chair Exercise DVDs that will appeal to the entire spectrum of senior citizens, whether at home or at an assisted center. Chair Dancing® Fitness is a no-impact aerobic fitness program that is safe and medically sound. Chair Dancing® Fitness Sit Down & Tone Up (SN00855C) will strengthen, tone, and shape your arms, shoulders, legs, abdominal and back muscles. Chair Dancing® Fitness Life’s a Celebration (SN31574C) encourages exercise to timeless party music while improving muscle tone, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance. And Chair Dancing® Fitness Through the Decades (SN00857C) combines aerobic fitness while seated to music such as the Charleston, Big Band Swing, Motown, Disco, and Hip-Hop. All Chair Dancing® DVDS are subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Sit and be Fit™ DVDs are designed for senior citizens and those with limited physical motion. Stretch & Strengthen! (SN35883C) includes chair exercises that strengthen, stretch, and improve overall functions of the body. Sit and Be Fit™ Diabetes and Balance Workouts (SN36306C) contains exercises for improving circulation and multilevel exercises for improving leg strength, flexibility, and eye tracking, along with suggestions for diet. Sit and Be Fit™ Osteoporosis and Brain Workouts (SN36307C) improve postural stability, core strength, and balance control while keeping the mind flexible and active.

Armchair Fitness is an award-winning program that has been enthusiastically received in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Sit-Down-Dancing (SN01808C) combines just the right amount of safe exercise with the uplifting entertainment of dance. Armchair Fitness: Yoga Health (SN01985C) contains routines of breathing, stretching, and yoga movements while seated in a chair. And Armchair Fitness: Gentle Exercise SN01984C) is designed for persons with limited strength and range of motion, improving flexibility and coordination, lowering blood pressure, and strengthening hand, arm, and leg strength.

Our Chair Yoga DVD (SN31235C) is effective in producing the body’s relaxation response and an elevated sense of harmony and well being, making this an experience appropriate for almost anyone who has a low to moderate level of function.

The Stars & Stripes Fitnesscize DVD (SN31233C) provides chair-type exercise broken into three segments, which can be used one at a time for shorter sessions or back-to-back for a longer session. The program has a patriotic theme with songs that will have you smiling as you stretch, move, and breathe.

A unique tool for seniors of all ages is the DVD The ROM Dance: A Range of Motion Exercise, Relaxation, and Pain Management Program (SN02731C). This unique exercise and relaxation training program is for people with pain and other physical limitations (arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, etc.). Range of motion exercises are combined with basic principles of Tai Chi Ch’uan, teaching listeners to relax despite the pain, to move gently and slowly to maintain the ability to move, and to develop an awareness of subtle changes in their body. This DVD includes quiet music and a poem that evokes light and well-being.

Celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day every day with the relaxation and exercise techniques found in Nasco’s Senior Activities catalog. Feel free to call our friendly Customer Service Center at 1.800.558.9595, or visit our website at


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