Wall Sit

The wall sit exercise strengthens your back, trunk, and thigh muscles, helping you maintain a healthy lower back. Stand with your back 10 in. (25 cm) to 12 in. (30 cm) away from a wall. Lean into the wall until your back is flat against it. Slowly slide down until your knees are slightly bent, pressing your lower back…

Wall Sit

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The wall sit exercise strengthens your back, trunk, and thigh muscles, helping you maintain a healthy lower back.

  • Stand with your back 10 in. (25 cm) to 12 in. (30 cm) away from a wall.
  • Lean into the wall until your back is flat against it.
  • Slowly slide down until your knees are slightly bent, pressing your lower back into the wall.
  • Hold for a count of about 6 seconds. Then slide back up the wall.
  • Repeat 8 to 12 times.

Current as ofJune 26, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy

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