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How To Do Pilates While Seated in a Chair

The Single Straight Leg Stretch

    Sit in the chair with good posture: back straight, chin up and facing ahead.

    Extend both legs straight out at a little more than a 90-degree angle, with toes pointed and on the ground.

    Lift the right leg up very slowly. Without lifting the body at all, raise the right leg as high as you can until it is about parallel with the ground. Breathe in while lifting the leg.

    Lower the leg, again very slowly. Breathe out as the leg is lowered.

    Repeat this step with the right leg 10 times. Then repeat these steps with the left leg.

The Double Straight Leg Stretch

    Extend both legs straight out, but with toes touching the ground.

    Raise both legs at the same time, very slowly, until they are parallel to the ground. Breathe in as the legs are raised.

    Lower both legs, again very slowly, and breathing out.

    Repeat these steps 10 times.

The Single Bent Leg Stretch

    Point both legs directly out at a 180 degree angle. Point your toes.

    Bring your right leg in very slowly to your chest while breathing in.

    Slowly, release the leg back to join the left leg, breathing out. During these stretches, the unbending leg should remain straight and still.

    Repeat these steps with the left leg.

The Double Bent Leg Stretch

    Point both legs straight out at a 180 degree angle, with toes pointing out.

    Bring in both legs simultaneously, while breathing in.

    Release both legs together, back to a 180-degree angle, while breathing out.

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  • Virtually any pilates leg exercises can be done while sitting in a chair. Follow the link in References to find instructions for more exercises.

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Andrea Griffith has been writing professionally since 2005. Her work has been published by the "Western Herald," Detroit WDIV, USAToday and other print, broadcast and online publications. Although she writes about a wide range of topics, her areas of expertise include fashion, beauty, technology and education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and English from Western Michigan University.

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