Exercise: A Guide from the National Institute On Aging

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Knee Flexion

picture of the person Strengthens muscles in back of thigh. Use ankle weights, if you are ready.

  1. Stand straight holding onto a table or chair for balance.
  2. Slowly bend knee as far as possible. Don't move your upper leg at all; bend your knee only.
  3. Hold position for 1 second.
  4. Slowly lower foot all the way back down. Pause.
  5. Repeat with other leg.
  6. Alternate legs until you have done 8 to 15 repetitions with each leg.
  7. Rest; then do another set of 8 to 15 alternating repetitions.