Exercise Quickie: Getting Out of a Chair

If you’ve been following my posts lately, you’ve probably noticed that I LOVE exercises that easily integrate into life and don’t require extra designated exercise time.

If you like easy, time-saving exercises, you’re going to love today’s quick exercise tip.

In this video, I’ll show you one of my absolute favorite moves in the doesn’t-require-extra-designated-exercise-time category. 

And if you’re getting out of a chair every day, then you’re already halfway there!

Once you get the hang of this simple move, you’ll be able to apply it every single time you stand up. If you’re like me, that’s pretty much all day, every day and that adds up to major benefits for your knees, pelvic floor, lower back, and even the shape of your glutes!

Check out today’s video and if you have any questions or feedback you’d like to share, please let me know in the comments below!

Yours in healthy knees and standing up with ease,




Hi, I'm Sydney and I'm a Restorative Movement Specialist here at Pilates Tonic. My goal is to empower you with tools to connect and live in your body in new and better ways. I'm a passionate advocate for wellness through optimally aligned movement and I look forward to designing a customized alignment and movement program just for you! If you want to find out more, just give me a call at 423.702.5233, or email me at [email protected] See you in the studio!

8 Responses

  1. Sydney – I have watched and practiced each of these exercises you have posted. Thanks for doing this and for the practicality of each one.

  2. thank you for the great guidance on getting out of the chair. I need to use my arms to get me out the chair. I assume I need to strengthen my leg muscles to be able to do this properly. Is that correct? or is there something else i can/should do?

    1. Hi Janet, Thanks for your great question! This exercise will help strengthen your legs and it’s completely okay to use your arms when you practice. As you get stronger, not having to use your arms as much will be a fantastic way to mark your progress. You can also try making the seat of the chair higher by placing a pillow or folded quilt/blanket or two on the chair. This way you don’t have as far to go when you stand up. Hope this helps!

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