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Sit and Be Fit is a television exercise program led by registered nurse, Mary Ann Wilson. Programs are designed for individuals who have physical challenges and need fitness programs that do not exacerbate pre-existing conditions. Seated exercises are especially beneficial to those suffering challenges associated with extreme weight gain. Exercises also prove beneficial to the growing senior population as well as individuals confined to wheelchairs.

Sit and Be Fit can be done from the comfort of home. Mary Ann uses a variety of props. Students will find towels and light, rubber balls present a challenge that brings results. Mary Ann is very pleasant and clear with instruction. She demonstrates exercises to improve strength, movement, flexibility and function. Exercises are also designed to make everyday tasks easier. Sit and Be Fit is very beneficial for seniors suffering from bone disease or dealing with challenges related to balance. Exercises are precise and set to music to maintain a consistent rhythm. Mary Ann's program is the result of a collaborative effort with the medical community. She places special emphasis on postural alignment and its importance prior to exercises. She also realizes the importance of hand-eye coordination and implements fun ways to develop this skill.

The show also encourages participants to work at their own pace as some of the exercises may prove difficult for beginners. Mary Ann also performs brief standing exercises that use the chair for support. However, these same exercises can be modified for those who prefer to sit or cannot stand. They are demonstrated by an additional fitness instructor as Mary Ann executes the standing movement. Sit and Be Fit provides students with additional resources from their website that coordinates with the show. Seniors can receive a complete body workout from Sit and Be Fit. However, the show provides specific disclaimers to all who choose to participate in their exercise routines. Prospective participants are advised to consult with medical professionals prior to starting any exercise program.

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1 Season, 10 Episodes
Health & Fitness
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  • #1209 POSTURE AND BREATHING Posture is essential to any good workout. In this program Mary Ann demonstrates how to maintain good posture while exercising. Sit and Be Fit is a non-profit organization that produces America's award winning television exercise series, Sit and Be Fit. Each chair exercise program is carefully researched and designed by host Mary Ann Wilson, RN and a team of physical therapists, doctors, and exercise specialists. Sit and Be Fit has been broadcast since 1987 on PBS stations to over 86 million U.S. households annually, and is recognized by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) as a "Best Practice" program in health promotion and aging. SIT AND BE FIT MISSION STATEMENT Sit and Be Fit is a media based non-profit organization committed to healthy aging and improving quality of life for all through medically safe and functional health and fitness programming, emphasizing prevention, rehabilitation, and public education.

  • #1209 POSTURE AND BREATHING Posture is essential to any good workout. In this program Mary Ann demonstrates how to maintain good posture while exercising. Sit and Be Fit is a non-profit organization that produces America's award winning television exercise series, Sit and Be Fit. Each chair exercise program is carefully researched and designed by host Mary Ann Wilson, RN and a team of physical therapists, doctors, and exercise specialists. Sit and Be Fit has been broadcast since 1987 on PBS stations to over 86 million U.S. households annually, and is recognized by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) as a "Best Practice" program in health promotion and aging. SIT AND BE FIT MISSION STATEMENT Sit and Be Fit is a media based non-profit organization committed to healthy aging and improving quality of life for all through medically safe and functional health and fitness programming, emphasizing prevention, rehabilitation, and public education.

  • #1208 PELVIC FLOOR Muscles of pelvic floor are often ignored but this workout shows some easy movements to keep those important muscles strong. Sit and Be Fit is a non-profit organization that produces America's award winning television exercise series, Sit and Be Fit. Each chair exercise program is carefully researched and designed by host Mary Ann Wilson, RN and a team of physical therapists, doctors, and exercise specialists. Sit and Be Fit has been broadcast since 1987 on PBS stations to over 86 million U.S. households annually, and is recognized by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) as a "Best Practice" program in health promotion and aging. SIT AND BE FIT MISSION STATEMENT Sit and Be Fit is a media based non-profit organization committed to healthy aging and improving quality of life for all through medically safe and functional health and fitness programming, emphasizing prevention, rehabilitation, and public education.

  • #1207 MARCH YOUR WAY TO FITNESS Mary Ann marches her way to fitness with fun routines and patriotic music. Sit and Be Fit is a non-profit organization that produces America's award winning television exercise series, Sit and Be Fit. Each chair exercise program is carefully researched and designed by host Mary Ann Wilson, RN and a team of physical therapists, doctors, and exercise specialists. Sit and Be Fit has been broadcast since 1987 on PBS stations to over 86 million U.S. households annually, and is recognized by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) as a "Best Practice" program in health promotion and aging. SIT AND BE FIT MISSION STATEMENT Sit and Be Fit is a media based non-profit organization committed to healthy aging and improving quality of life for all through medically safe and functional health and fitness programming, emphasizing prevention, rehabilitation, and public education.

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