Wonder Armchair For Personalised Fitness Training In Later Life

Staying fit and healthy as we age is imperative to maintaining a great quality of life. After we retire we have more time to pursue our personal hobbies and interests, but there may come a point when we no longer wish to venture into a gym or an exercise class. Researchers are now busy presenting an armchair for this time in our lives, which brings the gym to the comfort of your living room at the simple push of a button!

At first glance, the chair is a regular comfortable armchair but it is wired with sensors, circuit boards and a tablet PC which enable it to measure posture, blood pressure, heart rate, body weight and blood oxygen saturation. The machine is then able to use these figures combined with further information to create exercise plans tailored to the individual and update these plans as progress is made.

The armchair is also capable of transforming itself into a rowing machine at the flick of a switch and has already passed its initial tests with flying colours.

Let’s hope that there are plenty more developments to come which help the elderly maintain their independence and stay active, mentally stimulated and healthy for as long as possible.


Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, The Armchair As A Fitness Trainer, Science Daily, 2013.

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Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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