WHY. Standing on one leg is a great way to train your feet and ankles to help with balance. This is a good way to stretch the back of your leg, which can get tight from sitting. Check to see if your leg muscles are strong enough to keep your knees straight ahead. Also check to see if your torso or hips are tilting or opening up. This is a sign that these areas need strengthening. Good leg and hip alignment is key for any upright activity you do!
- Face the back of an upright, straight backed chair (i.e., not a recliner).
- Stand tall, chest open, and activate your abdominals by pressing your naval to your spine.
- Grab the back of the chair. Keeping your spine straight with only the natural curves present, lift one leg out behind you. Keep it in a straight line with your hips and back.
- Slowly bring your body to horizontal, with your arms extended as well. Get as close to horizontal as you can. You can bend the knee of the supporting leg very slightly if desired.
- Hold this position for 10-20 seconds, breathing normally. Repeat on the other leg.
Don’t hang on to the chair.