Standing Up From a Chair or Seated Position

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Buy Sit to Stand WorksheetStanding up from a chair, low chair, or a chair with no armrests can be very difficult for some people, especially if you have an injury. Here are some quick tips on how to get up from a chair if you are having difficulty.

First, the most important thing to do is to scoot to the edge of the chair. Don't fall off the chair! Now spread out your feet to about shoulder width apart to give yourself a good base of support. Bring your strong leg slightly back toward the chair to help give you a push up when you are ready.

The next big thing is to lean forward shifting your weight forward. Many people are scared to do this because they feel like they are going to fall out of the chair, but you have to shift your weight or you won't be able to stand up. Lean forward until you feel your bottom coming off the chair. If you want to push up with your hands, you can place them on your thighs or on the chair itself. Do all of this in one smooth motion. There you have it!


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