Exercise - Chair exercise

Conversation between Peter (caregiver) and Mrs Jones (resident)

Situation: Peter provides low intensity exercise classes for residents at the care facility. In this situation Peter is instructing Mrs Jones on some basic exercise techniques using a chair.

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Persons: Peter (caregiver), Mrs Jones (resident)

Location: Care facility fitness room

Peter: Good morning Mrs. Jones.
Mrs Jones: Good Morning Peter.
Peter: Are you ready for your exercise class?
Mrs Jones: Yes, I know how important regular exercise is. I try to exercise as often as possible.
Peter: That's good to hear. Most people hardly ever exercise, and some people never exercise.
Mrs Jones: I try to exercise as regularly as I can, but sometimes I feel a little too tired.
Peter: It’s good that you keep trying. If you exercise often you will feel healthier. If you don’t exercise often you will feel unhealthy.
Mrs Jones: I agree. I frequently say that to Mrs Brow. I think that she should exercise more regularly.
Peter: Maybe you can ask her to come to this exercise class, I am always happy to see more people here. Today I want you to do some exercises sitting down. Did you warm up before I arrived?
Mrs Jones: Yes I did. If you don’t warm up properly you could hurt yourself.
Peter: That’s true. Now I want you to follow my instructions.
Mrs Jones: Ok.
Peter: Sit down. Keep your back straight and place both feet flat on the ground. Are you comfortable?
Mrs Jones: Yes.
Peter: Cross your arms and touch your shoulders. Like this. (Peter demonstrates) Rotate your body so you are looking to your left. Count slowly to five.
Mrs Jones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Peter: Now return to your starting position. Rotate your body so you are looking to your right. Count slowly to five.
Mrs Jones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Peter: Repeat this exercise for three minutes. (Three minutes pass by) Relax. Let your arms hang down. Are you feeling comfortable Mrs Jones.
Mrs Jones: Yes. A little warm but I feel comfortable.
Peter: OK we will do an exercise for your legs. I normally do this exercise when I am sitting and waiting for something. Remain seated. Put your hands on the sides of the chair. Like this. (Peter demonstrates) Lift one leg. Keep your knee bent. Do not lift your leg too high. If you lift it too high it will hurt. Count slowly to five.
Mrs Jones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Peter: Slowly lower your foot to the floor. Do you feel comfortable?
Mrs Jones: Yes I like this exercise
Peter: That’s good. Continue for three minutes, first your left leg then your right leg. (Three minutes pass by) Remain seated. Place your right hand on your left shoulder. Slowly tilt your head away from your hand. Like this. (Peter demonstrates) Count slowly to five.
Mrs Jones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Peter: Good. Now slowly tilt your head back up. Do you feel comfortable?
Mrs Jones: Yes. I seldom do any exercises for my neck so this is a good exercise.
Peter: Continue for three minutes. Tilt your head to the left and then to the right. (Three minutes pass by) We have almost finished Mrs Jones, we just need to warm down. If you don’t warm down after exercise you will feel very stiff or sore the next day.
Mrs Jones: Yes I know. I always warm down after exercise.
Peter: Please stand up. To warm down we will do some slow walking on the spot. Don’t move too quickly. (Three minutes pass by) OK Mrs Jones I think that’s enough exercise for today.
Mrs Jones: Thank you Peter. I think I’ll take a shower now then I will relax this afternoon. When is the next class?
Peter: On Tuesday. When you come to the next class we will try some different exercises. Why don’t you ask Mrs Brown if she wants to come to the class.
Mrs Jones: Yes I think I will, though she rarely does any exercise. If she did I don’t think she would feel so tired all of the time.
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