Seniors sit and get fit at Riverside at Belfair's armchair exercise class

abredeson@islandpacket.comJuly 3, 2012 

Cecelia Stotts, middle, exercises with a large elastic band during the armchair exercise class offered at Riverside at Belfair in Bluffton on June 26. The class is open to the public and meets every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m.


  • Riverside at Belfair, a senior-living community in Bluffton, offers senior armchair exercise classes at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The classes are free and open to the public.

    Details: 843-815-2338

Lucille Pastore attends a senior armchair exercise class twice a week.

"It gives me a little more energy," she said about the classes offered at Riverside at Belfair. "It gives me more ability to walk around and take care of myself."

Pastore is one of many residents of the senior-living community in Bluffton who attend the exercise class on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

Physical therapist assistant Alicia Strickland and physical therapist Lana Crosby take turns teaching the half-hour classes, which are free and open to the public.

Strickland said all exercises are done sitting in a chair, with the exception of the last few that are done standing. Other than the armchairs, the only other equipment used are resistance bands and 1- and 2-pound dumbbells.

Strickland said the exercises are aimed at improving balance, strength, coordination, flexibility and memory, in addition to maintaining range of motion.

She said it's also a social outlet for participants.

"They meet, and they mingle," Strickland said. "It would be nice if more people attended the class ... to get involved in the social aspect as well as the physical aspect."

Another resident of Riverside, Cecelia Stotts said the exercises have made her stronger and helped her remain independent.

"I'm too lazy to do this stuff in my room," Stotts said. "When you're in a crowd, you're more motivated to do it."

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