Exercise: A Guide from the National Institute On Aging

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Side Leg Raise


leg raise exercise Do leg raise as part of your regularly scheduled strength exercises, and add these modifications as you progress: Hold table with one hand, then one fingertip, then no hands; then do exercise with eyes closed, if steady.

  1. Stand straight, directly behind table or chair, feet slightly apart.
  2. Hold onto table or chair for balance.
  3. Slowly lift one leg to side 6-12 inches out to side. Keep your back and both legs straight. Don't point your toes outward; keep them facing forward.
  4. Hold position for 1 second.
  5. Slowly lower leg all the way down. Pause.
  6. Repeat with other leg.
  7. Alternate legs unti you have done 8 to 15 repetitions with each leg.
  8. Rest; then do another set of 8 to 15 alternating repetitions.
  9. Add modifications as you progress.