Balance Exercise - Sit to Stand

Senior Balance Exercises Video Series

Here is another senior balance exercise video that will require a chair to perform. This is a good one to help maintain balance as you stand from a sitting position or sit from a standing position.

Although sitting and standing doesn't seem to sound like an exercise, this move helps build your leg muscles and improve balance.

This is a great one to do three to four times a week as a beginning to strengthening and improving your balance.

Exercise #1 - Sit to Stand

For this senior balance exercise you will want to use a chair that is the right height for you. Don't use a tall bar stool or a recliner type chair. A regular kitchen chair would work best.

Start by sitting in the chair. Make sure your buttocks are scooched forward and not all the way to the back of the chair.

If your chair has arms you can use these to help with balance but remember to use your leg muscles and not your arms to lift your body.
  1. Start by sitting in the chair. Make sure your buttocks are scooched forward and not all the way to the back of the chair. 
  2. Take a deep breath and as you exhale, slowly lift up off the chair using your leg muscles. As you do this, lean your chest forward a bit and hold onto the chair for support.
  3. Stand up straight and take another deep breath.
  4. Making sure the backs of your legs are touching the chair legs, lean over slightly and return to a sitting position as you exhale.
  5. Repeat this several times.
Watch the video below to ensure you are doing the this move correctly. 

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