I probably sit too much. Like right now as I’m on the computer again!
There’s even a book called Sitting Kills, Moving Heals, by Joan Vernikos, Quill Driver Books, 2001.
You may recall from one of our previous blogs that lack of exercise can lead to weak legs and this increases the chances of falling. So if your body is starting to feel “weak” and you are not happy with your physical condition, now may be a good time to start with this simple exercise that is offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/steadi/pdf/chair_rise_exercise-a.pdf.
We want you to do this first: Check with your doctor to be sure that you are physically able to perform this exercise and that the doctor recommends that you do this exercise. Thank you!
Chair Rise Exercise
What it does: Strengthens the muscles in your thighs & buttocks.
Goal: To do this exercise without using your hands as you become stronger.
How to do it:
Repeat 10–15 times. If this number is too hard for you when you first start practicing this exercise, begin with fewer & work up to this number.
Rest for a minute & then do a final set of 10–15.
I like this exercise because it only requires a sturdy chair (on a slip-resistant floor) and your motivation.
For a full exercise program, check out our blog – What’s Your Excuse? For Not Exercising…