Do you ever want to give your therapist a standing ovation, but are unable to? Well the sit to stand exercise is a good exercise to strengthen the muscles in the abdomen and thighs to help with this activity. With improved strength comes improved balance and overall function. Here’s the proper way to perform the exercise:
1. Sit in middle or toward front of chair with your knees bent and feet flat on floor.
2. Slightly lean forward with your head and shoulders, while simultaneously lifting you buttocks from the chair. Use your hands as little as possible (or not at all, if you can)
3. Keep your back straight as you come up, so that you feel your abdominal/low back muscles do the work.
4. Slowly sit back down.
5. Keep back and shoulders straight throughout exercise.
6. Repeat. A good number to shoot for would be 5-10 repetitions.
The goal is to be able to increase your reps and require less use of hands as you become stronger.