Sit and Be Fit
Celebrating 28 years on public television, this popular healthy aging series features exercises that improve viewer's mental, physical and emotional health, helping them feel and function better. With an emphasis on functional fitness including strength, flexibility and balance exercises, program host Mary Ann Wilson, RN, shares her gentle approach to fitness, guiding viewers through safe workouts set to fun music. Each program is carefully researched and developed with the assistance of physical therapists, medical doctors and exercise specialists.
Sit and Be Fit Previous Broadcasts
Strengthen Brain Processing Areas (Episode #1104)
KQED Life: Wed, Mar 29, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
Integrating exercises from Neuronet exercise specialist, Sandra Dearman, Mary Ann shares exercises that strengthen pathways between different processing areas of the brain.
Perceptual Motor Timing (Episode #1103)
KQED Life: Tue, Mar 28, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
Learn how to use rhythm to keep different processing areas of the brain sharp by practicing special exercise combinations.
Brain Fitness (Episode #1102)
KQED Life: Mon, Mar 27, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
Mary Ann uses a variety of exercises to stimulate the brain including body tapping, visual tactile stimulation, and reaction time drills.
Safe Driving Skills (Episode #1101)
KQED Life: Fri, Mar 24, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
Mary Ann combines a number of exercises to sharpen driving skills by working the brain, eyes and hand/eye coordination.
Be Happy (Episode #1610H)
KQED Life: Thu, Mar 23, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
Mary Ann will lift your spirits, posture, and leave you with a smile, happy feet and nimble fingers. The workout includes a brain workout with Gretchen and uses a small bell.
Upbeat and Fun (Episode #1609H)
KQED Life: Wed, Mar 22, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
This energetic full body workout has a lot stomping and good hip movement for anyone confined to a wheelchair or chair.
Brain and Balance (Episode #1608H)
KQED Life: Tue, Mar 21, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
This episode includes unusual exercises for brain stimulation and help with balance.
Full Body Workout (Episode #1607H)
KQED Life: Mon, Mar 20, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
Mary Ann uses a towel to assist with neck alignment and a band for strengthening shoulders and upper back. There is a focus on core and a special tip to help balance.
Diabetes and Peripheral Neuropathy (Episode #1606H)
KQED Life: Fri, Mar 17, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
A large and small ball is used as a way to facilitate exercises to improve conditions such as diabetes and peripheral neuropathy.
Neglected Areas of Body (Episode #1605H)
KQED Life: Thu, Mar 16, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
This episode begins slow and easy with great music to accompany exercises for posture using a towel and band, a large ball for balance, in addition to exercises for hips, carpal tunnel and the pelvic floor.
Somatosensory and Lymphatic Systems (Episode #1604H)
KQED Life: Wed, Mar 15, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
Mary Ann uses a large ball to stimulate the sensory and lymphatic systems, accompanied by jazzy, New Orleans style music. Gretchen's new cross and open pattern for a brain.
A Treat for Your Feet (Episode #1603H)
KQED Life: Tue, Mar 14, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
In this episode Mary Ann is paying special attention for feet, shoulders and hip range of motion using a towel and band.
Imagining Resistance (Episode #1602H)
KQED Life: Mon, Mar 13, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
Mary Ann demonstrates three different ways to push up from a chair and uses imaginary resistance to strengthen muscles. Gretchen combines a standing balance routine with vestibular work.
Music and Novelty (Episode #1601H)
KQED Life: Fri, Mar 10, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
Mary Ann's love of combining novelty music and exercise is obvious by the way she matches her movements to this engaging staccato melody. Gretchen introduces a seated brain.
Hip Mobility (Episode #1510)
KQED Life: Thu, Mar 9, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
Maintaining flexibility in the hips is an important strategy to ensure healthy aging. Mary Ann spends time during this workout focusing on this area of functional fitness.
Core Strengthening (Episode #1509)
KQED Life: Wed, Mar 8, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
Mary Ann shares exercises that help build core strength which plays an important role in balance and back strength.
Circulation (Episode #1508)
KQED Life: Tue, Mar 7, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
This upbeat episode focuses on movements designed to get the blood flowing through the body.
Postural Alignment and Shoulder Stability (Episode #1507)
KQED Life: Mon, Mar 6, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
This program features exercises that help increase postural awareness and stabilize the shoulders.
Shoulder and Back Strength (Episode #1506)
KQED Life: Fri, Mar 3, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
Mary Ann guides viewers through a lively workout sharing exercises that help strengthen the shoulders and back.
Yardsticks and Bands (Episode #1505)
KQED Life: Thu, Mar 2, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
Opening this program is a unique warm-up routine using a yardstick. Later in the show, Mary Ann focuses on upper and lower body strengthening using bands.
Functional and Fun Exercises for the Feet (Episode #1504)
KQED Life: Wed, Mar 1, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
This workout begins with a fun segment dedicated to keeping your feet happy and healthy.