Updated: Aug 15, 2019
Did you know that for the month of July I am encouraging people to join me in a Wall Sit Challenge? We started on July 1st with 10 seconds, and we have been adding on 10 seconds/day. (If you do not know how to do a proper wall sit, read down to the end and I will help you perform them safely). So I thought it might be good to tell you why we are doing wall sits, and why you may want to do them also!
1. Wall Sits Are Great for Your Lower Body!
The wall sit is an isometric (static) exercise, but it is still considered a compound exercise because it requires numerous joint and muscles to work in unison. Wall sits work your entire lower body. This includes your hamstrings, your glutes, and your quads.
2. Wall Sits Burn a Lot of Calories!
When you do a wall sit, you are keeping your muscles contracted in an isometric or static state. Most exercises are dynamic where you move in and out of an exercise thus giving yourself work and recovery. But on a wall sit your muscles are working for the whole time. So even though the exercise is short, the calorie burn is good!
3. Wall Sits Increase Muscular Endurance
The longer you sit, the longer your muscles are able to sit, or to run, jump, ski, board,or do any activity that requires lower body activity. Plus having strong leg muscles will give you the ability to get up and down off of the ground without using your hands. In case you are thinking that no one should care about that, keep reading my blogs because there will be one soon that lets you know why you HAVE to be able to do an unassisted stand.
4. Wall Sits Can Be Done Anywhere!
You don't need any equipment except your body. Some studies show that one of the best ways to lose weight is to increase your metabolism at different times of the day. Drop into a wall sit at that 3:00 slump instead of going to the vending machine. 😊
5. Wall Sits Can Also Strengthen Your Core!
Hold in your abs and try to breathe at the same time. Better yet, hold a weight in front of you and keep your back in neutral spine close to the wall. You will have to contract your abs then and you will get amazing results! If you haven't downloaded my free core e-book, then grab that now for even more help with your core.
In case you are not sure if you know how to do a proper wall sit, just follow these simple guidelines:
1. Stand with your back and hips against the wall and lower down until your legs are parallel with the ground.
2. You want your legs at a 90 degree bend so that your knees are not extended past your toes.
3. Try not to rest your hands on your thighs. Even if you can only do 5 seconds/day at first, keep at it! You will soon be hanging out in your imaginary chair and reaping all of the benefits!