Seniors often have difficulty getting up from a chair, toilet, bed, or any sitting position, as well as the reverse. The sit-to-stand exercise is a great way to strengthen the legs and improve functionality. This exercise is important for people, particularly seniors, to continue their ability to do every day activities involving sitting and standing, with ease. Seniors should practice with their physical therapist or someone next to them.
In this sit-to-stand demonstration, Dr. Haim Hechtman shows a basic exercise using a chair with an added level (a book or pillow). This added level helps shorten the distance to sitting down. As you build strength, remove the level so you work on getting up from a longer sitting distance.