Exercise: A Guide from the National Institute On Aging

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Chair Stand
exerciseStrengthens muscles in abdomen and thighs. Your goal is to do this exercise without using your hands as you become stronger.

  1. Place pillows on the back of chair.
  2. Sit toward front of chair, knees bent, feet flat on floor.
  3. Lean back on pillows in half-reclining position. Keep your back and shoulders straight throughout exercise.
  4. Raise upper body forward until sitting upright, using hands as little as possible (or not at all, if you can). Your back should no longer lean against pillows.
  5. Slowly stand up, using hands as little as possible.
  6. Slowly sit back down. Pause.
  7. Repeat 8 to 15 times.
  8. Rest; then do another set of 8 to 15 repetitions.