Exercise: A Guide from the National Institute On Aging

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Side Leg Raise

Illustration of the Side Leg Raise exercise Strengthens muscles at sides of hips and thighs. Use ankle weights, if you are ready.

  1. Stand straight, directly behind table or chair, feet slightly apart.
  2. Hold onto a table or chair for balance.
  3. Slowly lift one leg 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. Pause.
  6. Repeat with other leg.
  7. Alternate legs until you have done 8 to 15 repetitions with each leg.
  8. Rest; then do another set of 8 to 15 alternating repetitions.