This video shows how to use a basic daily activity more effectively to build strength and endurance of the leg muscles especially the thighs (quadriceps) to complete nearly every single task of daily life. Knee pain is a commonly reported issue that can be attributed to loss of leg muscle so that when the body moves from sitting to standing, much of the body weight goes into the knees. Building lean muscle often helps lessen this pain. While we often move from a sit to stand position in our daily lives, it’s the multiple repetitions of this exercise that make it effective and help to strengthen the muscles. This is a simple one that you can do throughout the day by taking an extra minute or so to do multiple sit and stands throughout your day. If completing this exercise is easy, hold an item such as a soup can, sack of flour or free weight to challenge your muscles.

Important note on resistance band strength training: Resistance bands are widely used for full body strengthening, postural improvement, rehabilitation and conditioning. They are portable, versatile and easy to use. The bands we suggest are the only resistance bands endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association called Therabands. These 6-inch wide latex bands come in different, color-coded resistance levels and are also distinguished by the band’s thickness. The progressive resistance system makes it easy to measure progress in achieving fitness or therapy goals. You start out with a band of comfortable resistance. As you use the band, your muscle strength and endurance improve, and exercises become easier to do. When you are ready for more challenge, you move to a more resistant band to increase exercise intensity.

You can purchase Thera-band Resistance Bands by clicking this link.

*As always, please consult with your doctor before starting any exercise routine, especially if you are recovering from surgery. Always go at your own pace and stop if you are experiencing pain or discomfort.