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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.

  • Stand with your back 10 in. (25 cm) to 12 in. (30 cm) away from a wall.
  • Lean into the wall until your back is flat against it.
  • Slowly slide down until your knees are slightly bent, pressing your lower back into the wall.
  • Hold for a count of about 6 seconds. Then slide back up the wall.
  • Repeat 8 to 12 times.

Current as of: July 1, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Joan Rigg PT, OCS - Physical Therapy

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