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Wall Sit


Picture of the wall sit exercise

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

  1. Stand with your back 10 in. (25 cm) to 12 in. (30 cm) away from a wall.
  2. Lean into the wall until your back is flat against it.
  3. Slowly slide down until your knees are slightly bent, pressing your lower back into the wall.
  4. Hold for a count of about 6 seconds. Then slide back up the wall.
  5. Repeat 8 to 12 times.
ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerJoan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
Last RevisedFebruary 15, 2012

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