A simple ‘sit to stand’ is the Number One Exercise for older adults to practise.
Now try two added extras to this fabulous functional exercise:
Take your Sit-to-Stands a bit further:
- Stand up from a sturdy hard-backed chair, then step forward into a lunge on one leg. Bring your front foot back and return to sitting. Repeat the sit to stand and lunge but lead with the other leg this time. Aim to do 6-8 at a time.
- To make it more of a challenge, stand with your hands as high as you can take them.
When you lunge with your R leg, take your L hand high.
Repeat with your L leg.
It is never too early to start and never too late to begin!
Exercise Specialist, Kris Tynan.
Watch out for more great exercise and lifestyle tips from Kris Tynan next month.
Thank you for the exercises. I find it hard to stand up at any time, I guess the exercises will help. Bob Jackson.
Absolutely they will, Bob. Make sure you have a sturdy chair back nearby in case you need the support but do keep doing sets of these sit-ups each day. It is surprising how quickly you will feel the strength returning.