Mother Jai’s provides fitness classes for people who are less capable. Jennifer created these unique classes for people who want exercise but cannot stand or maintain their balance while moving. They are various full body warm-up and exercise routines that can be done from any chair, wheelchair, or even the couch. Anyone of any ability can participate and enjoy these exercises.
Jennifer has been instructing Senior Fitness classes in Adult Day Programs, Nursing Home, Independent and Assisted Living Communities since 2013. She is an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Silver Sneakers Approved and Certified Instructor and RenewActive endorsed instructor. She also holds a Integrative Aromatherapy Certification and a Bachelor’s of Science in Integrative Therapies.
Join Jennifer, Mother Jai, Lawson on YouTube for recorded videos of all of her routines.
Regular exercise is essential to maintaining functional abilities throughout aging. Once we stop moving our muscles weaken and our joints become stiff and inflexible. The more sedentary we become the more we have to do to reverse the effects. Avoid being completely sedentary by moving at least a little every day.
These are common barriers to exercise that we can overcome.
Begin slowly with exercises that are easily accomplished; advance gradually; provide frequent encouragement.
Promote positive personal benefits of exercise; identify enjoyable activities.
Vary intensity and range of exercise; employ cross-training; start slowly; avoid overdoing.
Specialized exercises; consider personal trainer or physical therapist.
Assistive devices can increase safety as well as increase exercise intensity.
Fear of injury
Balance and strength training initially; use of appropriate clothing, equipment, and supervision; start slowly.
Incorporate into daily routine; repeat encouragement; promote active lifestyle.
Identify and recruit influential others; education of patient and influential family/friends.
Walking and other simple exercises; use of household items; promote active lifestyle.
Walk around the home; use senior centers; promote active lifestyle
Incorporate into daily routine; keep exercises simple.
Use a range of exercises/intensities that patients can match to their varying energy level.
Moderate exercise for 30 minutes a day has these health benefits:
Improves blood circulation, which reduces the risk of heart disease
Keeps weight under control
Helps in the battle to quit smoking
Improves blood cholesterol levels
Prevents and manages high blood pressure
Helps delay or prevent chronic illnesses and diseases associated with aging
Maintains quality of life and independence longer for seniors
Helps you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly
Increases muscle strength, increasing the ability to do other physical activities
Prevents bone loss
Boosts energy level
Helps manage stress and releases tension
Counters anxiety and depression
Promotes enthusiasm and optimism
Reduces risk of stroke by 20 percent
Counters the conditions that lead to heart attack and stroke
Provides a way to share an activity with family and friends
Reduces coronary heart disease in women by 30-40 percent
Reduces the overall risk of obesity, high blood pressure, poor cholesterol levels, etc.