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Sit to Stand Exercise

Performing the Exercise

    1. Sit in the chair of your choice.

    2. Slide forward as far as possible.

    3. Move your feet back so your heels are lined up with the front edge of the chair.

    4. Use your butt and legs to stand up. Lightly use your hands on the chair if necessary.

    5. Do five to 10 repetitions two times a day.

The Benefits

    As well as helping to strengthen your bones, the exercise strengthens the gluteus maximus and the quadriceps at the same time. These two powerful muscle groups work to get you to the standing position. Exercising these muscle groups will strengthen your legs, butt and back, and will help protect your spine. A stronger butt, spine and legs will mean better balance and a lower risk of falling.

Tips

    Make sure that your spine maintains its length. Do not change its shape.

    Imagine a buoyancy balloon in the center of your head, just above your eyes. Imagine this balloon pulling you up as you perform the exercise.

    Do not let your knees collapse inward.

    Breathe in when in the starting position and breathe out when pushing up.

    Try not to favor one side or use your hands too much to help you. Your hands should be used only to keep balance if needed.

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About the Author

Michael Jones reported campus news stories for The University of Southern California's student newspaper, "The Daily Trojan," for four years before graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in journalism. He has since gone on to write for several publications both in America and abroad and has an idiosyncratic knack for translating the most intricate tasks into layman speak.

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