Topic of the Week – SQUATS


Most of us sit in a chair way too many hours a day. This has a whole list of negative impacts upon our body’s structure.

Standing up and sitting down is an activity most of us perform everyday.  Our ability to get from one place to another would be severely compromised if we were unable to stand up/sit down. The muscles used when standing up/sitting down are the same muscles used when performing a chair squat.

To perform a chair squat properly, stand in front of a chair with your feet shoulder width apart and toes turned slightly out. Slowly lower your body until your hips touch the chair, then return to standing position. Only use your hands for assistance if necessary for balance.

Start with 10 repetitions and gradually add repetitions as long as you do not have pain. Try to build up to 30 repetitions. Do not perform this exercise if it causes pain. Consult with your GP or physio if you have persistent knee pain.