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.