Arthritis Today

Standing Mini-Squats

PRECAUTION: Be careful to maintain your balance. Hold onto a stable object (a chair, railing, wall, tree or counter) while doing this exercise.

PRECAUTION: Stop this exercise if it hurts your knees.

  • Hold onto a counter, table, railing or wall for support.
  • Stand straight with your feet directly under your hips.
  • Turn your feet slightly outward.
  • Squeeze your buttocks together.
  • Slowly bend your knees to lower your body just a few inches.
  • Keep your feet flat and do not allow your knees to go in front of your toes.
  • Do little squats, not deep squats. Do not bend your knees below a 90-degree angle. In other words, don’t let your hips go lower than your knees.  
  • Hold for a count of 5.
  • Repeat 5 times to start, increasing to no more than 30 times.