Stand up, Sit down, Repeat. Improve your balance with this one simple movement.Clinical Expertise
by Taylor Ross, PT, DPT | May 18, 2020
Did you know that something you do everyday, multiple times a day (60 or more to be exact), can make your legs stronger and your balance better? Standing up and sitting down is a simple way to improve your mobility, leg strength and overall balance.
There are different variations of sit to stands that you can perform depending on your level of mobility, balance and strength. You can work with your physician and care team to determine which ones are best for you.
Complete two to three sets with eight to 15 reps in each set.
- Sit to stand with arm support using chair arm rests.
- Sit to stand with arms on counter (or other flat sturdy surface) in front of you.
- Sit to stand with arms on thighs for support.
- Sit to stand with arms crossed.
- Sit to stand with arms extended out in front of your chest.
- Sit to stand with feet on a pillow.
- Sit to stand holding a hand weight or weighted ball.
Please remember to consult your physician or physical therapist to determine which type, if any, are appropriate for you.