Sit and Be Fit Exercise Videos

Older man exercising in a chair

Fitness is important for people of all ages. Just because people hit a milestone birthday is no reason to stop being active. Senior citizens and those with physical issues can use Sit and Be Fit exercise videos to stay in shape with a program designed especially for them.

About Sit and Be Fit

Mary Ann Wilson, R.N. developed the Sit and Be Fit program using her experiences with seniors and those with post-polio problems. She holds her certification from ACE (American Council on Exercise), and is a member of SFA (American Senior Fitness Association) National Advisory Board, among other accolades.

The program itself focuses on using a chair as the main form of exercise equipment. Moves are gentle and slow, making them perfect for the target audience. Other simple pieces of equipment, like balls and towels, are also used. The general focus of Sit and Be Fit is on toning and strengthening, especially for particular physical conditions.

Sit and Be Fit began airing nationally on public television stations in 1987. After an overwhelming response, the series began developing exercise videos in addition to the television program. Over the years, more than 20 videos have been produced, and the founder and series have won 11 awards. In 2000, Sit and Be Fit became a non-profit.

Choose the Proper Type of Exercise

Sit and Be Fit offers a number of specialty videos and videos comprised of moves from the show. The Best of the #800 Series includes a short weight segment in addition to the regular chair exercises. Many products are available in both VHS and DVD format.

To help you choose the right workout, several search features are available. They include:

  • Recommendations by Medical Conditions: From arthritis to diabetes to stroke, this chart allows you to find a workout that suits a particular health need.
  • Quick Workout Selection Guide: Use this guide in order to figure out which videos need what accessories, which have closed captioning as well as the kind of pace, and types of exercises that you want.
  • Browse Products: Simply browse through the listing of various DVDs and VHS tapes to find a program you would like to try.
  • Specific Conditions Recommendations: Scroll through the list to find a health problem, and then click on the link to see what exercises are recommended for that problem.

Sit and Be Fit Exercise Video Examples

Some of the exercise videos you might be interested in from Sit and Be Fit include:

  • Arthritis Workout: Winner of the 1997 Consumers Digest Best Buy Award, this video is designed for those with arthritic conditions and follows the Arthritis Foundation guidelines. The Original Arthritis Workout is included.
  • Balance & Fall Prevention Workout: Help prevent injuries from falling by using this video, which focuses on circulation, leg strengthening, and balance exercises.
  • All-Sitting Exercises: Perfect for people with conditions that prevent them from standing for long periods of time, the All-Sitting Exercises video focuses on lower back pain, neck, shoulders, hips, and certain arthritic conditions. It won the 1997 National Health Information GOLD Award.
  • Osteoporosis Specialty Video: This video focuses on posture and emphasizes the upper body. A large portion of this video is done while seated.
  • Pre-Aerobic III: This low-impact aerobics video was created for people who are inactive or are overweight. Although it was created to help prevent injury, it is important to have a doctor's permission before beginning the series.

As with any exercise program, seniors who wish to engage in Sit and Be Fit exercise video workouts should speak with their doctors and be given the okay to be physical. Carefully read all of the information regarding each video. Even though many are geared towards particular health problems, they may end up aggravating other conditions.

To Learn More About the Program

You can find out more at the Sit and Be Fit website. Learn how to support the non-profit by becoming an advocate of the program, making a donation, and telling a friend about the series. Read articles about exercise and health; you can also sign up for the Focus on Fitness Newsletter.

More products are available from Sit and Be Fit, like audio cassette tapes and CDs for relaxation and toning. Accessories, like bands, towels, shakers, and balls, can also be purchased along with t-shirts for adults and youth.

Sit and Be Fit Exercise Videos